A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has reported that silent strokes are a risk of Atrial Fibrillation.
In Atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat out of coordination with the lower chambers (ventricles).The condition is characterized by an abnormal beating of the heart.
- These abnormal contractions allow blood to pool in the heart, forming clots that can travel to the brain and cause strokes.
A silent stroke, however, doesn’t cause any symptoms, so a person doesn’t even know one is happening.
➡ Although silent strokes tend to be small and affect smaller sections of the brain, they still damage brain tissue and may lead to larger strokes, as well as other chronic brain problems.
➡ While major strokes that do show symptoms and cause significant brain damage have been observed in people with Atrial Fibrillation, it’s quite possible that they are being caused by silent strokes.
For this particular study, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed 505 people with Atrial Fibrillation and 3,902 people without it and measured their stroke risk.
➡ Silent strokes were found in nearly 46 percent of people with atrial fibrillation.
Only 16% of those without Atrial Fibrillation was at risk of silent strokes.
This supports earlier studies which have suggested that Atrial Fibrillation puts people at risk for silent strokes that can lead to gradual brain damage.
➡ If you’ve been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation the key to managing it and preventing it from causing other cardiovascular problems is choosing a lifestyle consisting of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
➡ Other key steps you can take is avoiding stimulants, quitting smoking, and reducing stress.
How well you’re able to manage your risk of strokes depends on your overall heart health (which is why it’s so important to take heart health seriously).
Look, I know how boring and aggravating it is to hear the same refrain over and over “eat a healthy diet,” “get regular exercise” etc.
But really, that IS what it takes, and there’s no way around it if you want to live long enough to do what you came to do.
The Heart is one of the most important (if not THE most important) organ in your body. Let’s face it, a bad heart=diminished capacity to do anything.
So, take another look at your approach to keeping it healthy and make a commitment to yourself and your loved ones to do whatever it takes. Because you are worth it.