Interactive Tool: What Is Your Risk for a Stroke if You Have Atrial Fibrillation? - What's next?
Talk to your doctor about how to lower
your risk of stroke if you have atrial fibrillation. Medicine and lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or eating a heart-healthy diet, can help lower your risk of stroke.
For help deciding if taking an anticoagulant is right for you, see:
- Atrial Fibrillation: Should I Take an Anticoagulant to Prevent Stroke?
For help deciding which anticoagulant to take, see:
- Atrial Fibrillation: Which Anticoagulant Should I Take to Prevent Stroke?
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was derived from Wang TJ, et al. (2003). A risk score for predicting stroke or
death in individuals with new-onset atrial fibrillation in the community: The
Framingham heart study. JAMA, 290(8): 1049-1056. The
Framingham Heart Study is a project of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood
Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, and Boston University. More information is
available online at www.framinghamheartstudy.org.