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Lexington Clinic Cardiology
- AF is associated with a 4-5 times increase in stroke risk.
- AF is believed to be the cause of 1 in 7 strokes
- Strokes that result from AF are known to be more debilitating than strokes from any other cause.
- AF can contribute to the development of congestive heart failure when the heart rate/rhythm is not controlled.
- Appropriate anticoagulation for those individuals who have AF is associated with a significant reduction in stroke risk
- Palpitations (fluttering in chest/skipping of the heartbeat)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Irregular pulse
- Pounding heart beat
Risk Factors/Causes & Treatment
Risk factors/causes of AF include:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Advancing age
- Family history
- Acute infection
- Alcohol use
- Sleep apnea
- Thyroid disease
- Smoking history
- Blood thinning medications to prevent stroke in those who qualify
- Medications to control heart rate/rhythm
- Catheter ablation
Carrie Dunaway Graves, DNP, APRN, NP-C, CVNP-BC is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in Family Medicine and the American College of Cardiovasular Medicine. She provides services in general adult cardiology, non-invasive cardiology, primary and secondary prevention and cardiac procedures and testing.
Carrie Dunaway Graves can be reached at (859) 258-5300.