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Atrial fibrillation and stroke risk

If you’re visiting this site you may have atrial fibrillation (AF) or have heard that AF increases your risk of a stroke. The good news is that you’ll find advice here to help you to reduce your stroke risk and understand the importance of your doctor’s advice.

Facing up to a difficult situation takes courage. By starting to gather the facts you have already taken a big step. That’s because by understanding the connection between AF and stroke you may be able to take better care of your health in the long term.

And of course, the single most important thing you can do is to follow your doctor’s advice. You’ll find information here about how to work with your doctor to best protect your health.

What is AF?

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an abnormality in the heart’s natural rhythm. Here we’ll explain more about the condition and what you can do.


Why having AF increases your stroke risk

Get more detailed information about how a problem with your heart can cause a stroke in your brain


What exactly is a stroke?

AF significantly increases your risk of having a stroke. You’ll learn why it is vital to do all you can to protect yourself.


Preventing a stroke

Here you’ll read why discussing your stroke risk with your doctor is so important, and about the practical steps you can take to minimise your risk


What would having a stroke mean?

Understanding what a stroke could mean and why you need to take action.