In the United Kingdom, as many as 7,000 strokes per year are now prevented because more patients at higher risk for stroke due to a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, afib or AF, are being identified and treated with blood thinners (anticoagulants), according to researchers at the University of Birmingham's Institute for Applied Health Research. However, about 20,000 strokes associated with AF still occur each year in the U.K.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cause for an irregular heartbeat, and people with the condition have a five times higher-than-average stroke risk. In the United States, about 15 percent of all strokes occur in people with afib.
According to the researchers, atrial fibrillation diagnosis frequency increased each year from 2000 (35.4 percent of patients diagnosed and treated) to 2016 (75.5 percent).
Sourced from: Heart