Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing on average 1 American every 4 minutes.There are a number of risks that can lead to a stroke. Among those risks are smoking, migraines, high blood pressure, and oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy. Another key risk factor is an irregular heartbeat called Atrial Fibrillation. In addition to heart palpitations, and dizziness, Afib can open the door to a crippling or fatal stroke. McLeod Neurologist Dr. Timothy Hagen describes the problem.
If you think you may have atrial fibrillation, see a cardiologist for further testing to determine your risk.
Sources include: McLeod Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Heart Association, National Stroke Association