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Heart Rhythms may be Responsible for Stroke in Young, Healthy Individuals

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on December 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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 Heart Rhythms may be Responsible for Stroke in Young, Healthy Individuals

It is believed that a heart rhythm disorder may be the reason behind healthy and young people getting affected by stroke.

So the next time you experience a rapid and irregular heart beat in carrying out not so stressful activities like climbing stairs, time may be ripe for you to visit the doctor to check for atrial fibrillation - a condition involving an irregular heart rhythm, known as arrhythmia.

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People with symptomatic A-fib, as it is commonly called, may experience periodic palpitations, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, unusual fatigue or dizziness, said researchers at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

"People with a high rate of premature atrial contractions face a significantly increased risk of developing A-fib," Gregory M. Marcus, senior author and director of clinical research at UCSF's cardiology division, was quoted as saying.
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However, "the condition is also becoming more prevalent at any age, experts say, because of a rise in three leading risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity", added the study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Other risk factors include a prior heart attack, overactive thyroid, sleep apnea, excessive alcohol consumption, abnormal heart valves, lung disease and congenital heart defects.

Important steps in treating A-fib, said the study, are to include taking proper steps to reverse the risk factors and preventing "blood clots from forming by treating patients with anticoagulant".

Here is a warning.

"Once a person has had A-fib, there is an increased risk of stroke even if their heart is in normal rhythm," the study concluded.

Source: IANS
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