Risk of Stroke

A stroke can happen anytime and the damage can be long term. That is why it is important to know the signs that a stroke is about to happen. Amongst the signs that a stroke is about to happen are: trouble seeing, loss of balance, difficulty speaking, weakness, facial paralysis, pain, loss of understanding, and severe headaches. 

What is a stroke?

A stroke can happen to anyone. It happens when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or reduced. When this happens, the oxygen and nutrients that the brain needs to function do  not reach it. This deprivation of oxygen and nutrients can lead to the death of the brain cells.

What is the link between the heart and stroke?

One of the cardiac disease associated with stroke is atrial fibrillation (AF in figure below). As shown below, if you experience atrial fibrillation, you may have a 5 times greater risk of suffering a stroke. Importantly, about 30% of people with atrial fibrillation do not feel any symptoms and therefore are unaware that they have this dangerous condition.

By using the HealthKam™ technology, you will obtain regular and effort-free monitoring of your heart rhythm.

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Wolf PA, Abbott RD, Kannel WB. Atrial fibrillation as an independent risk factor for stroke: the Framingham Study. Stroke 1991;22:983–8