6 Serious Signs of Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

arterial fibrillation

The connection between stroke and atrial fibrillation can be a life or death matter.

According to the National Stroke Association, if someone suffers from atrial fibrillation (afib), he or she is 5 times more likely to have a stroke [1].

The good news is that afib and the effects of a stroke are treatable. However, if you don’t know you have afib, or you don’t know that you’ve suffered a stroke (yes, it’s possible), you can’t be treated for it.


Here are the top 6 signs associated with stroke and atrial fibrillation.

1. You’re Having Irregular Heart Palpitations.

heart beat

Since atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, it makes sense that heart palpitations are a sign of afib. If you experience a sudden and unexplained fluttering (‘butterflies’), racing, or a pounding feeling in your chest [2], it could be a sign of atrial fibrillation, and you should contact your doctor.

2. You’re Confused.

memory loss

Confusion and short-term memory loss are signs of a stroke, according to the National Stroke Association [3]. These symptoms may lead to a person wandering and getting lost in otherwise familiar areas. The victim may also suddenly have difficulty with financial transactions and following instructions.