High Blood Pressure, Afib and Your Risk of Stroke
What do blood pressure and the rhythm of your heart have to do with stroke risk? Plenty.
Consider this: About three out of four people who have a stroke for the first time have high blood pressure. And an irregular atrial heart rhythm — a condition called atrial fibrillation — is present in about one out of five strokes. Stroke is the nation’s No. 4 killer. It happens when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked or bursts. Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year.
High blood pressure is the chief culprit, and atrial fibrillation isn’t far behind. Yet there’s good news — you can easily do something about them. Your best defense is to avoid these heart conditions through a heart-healthy lifestyle. But even if you’re living with atrial fibrillation or high blood pressure, there’s still a lot you can do to lower your risk of stroke.