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Atrial Fibrillation

The Facts About Atrial Fibrillation and Silent Stroke

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What is a silent stroke?


infarction
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So what are the other types of stroke?


blood clot
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What causes a silent stroke?


25 percent
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How common is silent stroke?


cognitive impairment
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What harm does a silent stroke cause?


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How long, exactly, before silent strokes do real damage?


anticoagulant
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Do blood thinners prevent silent stroke?


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How else can I protect myself from having a silent stroke?


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What can I do in addition to taking my prescribed medications?


Matt McMillen

Matt McMillen

Matt McMillen has been a freelance health reporter since 2002. In that time he’s written about everything from acupuncture to the Zika virus. He covers breaking medical news and the latest medical studies, profiles celebrities, and crafts easy to digest overviews of medical conditions. His work has appeared, both online and in print, in The Washington Post, WebMD Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, AARP, and elsewhere.