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Preventing a stroke

Doctor measuring patient's blood pressure

You can take action to prevent a stroke. But possibly the most important thing you can do is to have regular check-ups with your doctor to make sure you are doing all you can to reduce your risk of stroke – even when you are already on medication.

People with atrial fibrillation can experience a range of symptoms. Some people notice AF symptoms almost every day, while others only notice it occasionally or not at all.1

However you experience your AF symptoms – even if you are noticing no symptoms at all – you still need to take your treatment and manage your condition as directed by your physician.

There are several treatments available, and new treatments are being introduced all the time. Your doctor will discuss the right treatment for you.

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Know the symptoms of stroke

Call the emergency services immediately if you experience any of the following. The more quickly help is sought, the faster potentially lifesaving drugs can be administered. The symptoms are sudden:2

  • numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg - especially on one side of the body
  • confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • severe headache with no known cause.

Know your AF triggers

If you have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation it is best to avoid:3

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • smoking
  • stress

which may trigger the symptoms of AF.

1. Information about NICE clinical guideline 36. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. June 2006.
2. When a stroke happens. The Stroke Association. Leaflet 4 version 1. September 2010. Accessed 9 May 2011