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Study: Air pollution increases stroke risk in people with AFib

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Published on September 15, 2020 - Duration: 00:34s

Study: Air pollution increases stroke risk in people with AFib

Amid massive wildfires, high winds, and hurricanes across the US, people with atrial fibrillation, or AFib, should beware of highly polluted air.

AFib is an irregular heartbeat that can cause blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

About 12 million Americans have it.

According to UPI, a new study finds that exposure to high levels of air pollution can increase the risk of stroke in AFib patients by more than 20%.

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Atrial fibrillation

Rapid, irregular beating of the atria of the heart

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