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    Can atrial fibrillation lead to a stroke?

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    Dr David O'Donnell

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    A graduate of the University of Melbourne Medical School in 1993, Dr David O’Donnell was the recipient of 9 undergraduate awards including the Association of … View Profile

    Yes atrial fibrillation can definitely increase the risk of stroke.
    The irregular and erratic contractions in the atrium can lead to stasis of blood and the formation of blood clots; if these blood clots detach from the atrium and travel to the brain they can block the blood supply to the brain and cause a stroke.
    Your health care professional can assess your risk of stroke based on a simple risk algorithm and advise if treatment is indicated to reduce your risk of stroke.

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