Harvard Heart Letter

Duration of atrial fibrillation and risk of stroke

Research we’re watching Episodes of atrial fibrillation (afib) — a chaotic, irregular heart rhythm — can last for minutes, hours, days, or much longer. The condition encourages blood clots to form in the heart; the clots can then escape and lead to a stroke. New research suggests that even intermittent bouts of afib (which were previously considered to be low risk) may increase a person’s risk of stroke. …

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