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Can a stroke be caused by an irregular heart beat with a low heart rate?

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Dr. Mehdi Qamar
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes, it is possible: Irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation may cause stroke. As upper chambers of the heart (atria) do not contract effectively and blood tends to clot due to slow flow or stasis in these chambers. With occaissional normal beats or convertion to normal rythm may cause these clots to break loose and block the circulation in the brain. That is why in most cases blood thinners are prescribed.
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Dr. Reza Karimi
Neurosurgery 17 years experience
Yes: An irregular heart beast (such as atrial fibrillation) may lead to the development of blood clots within the heart. These blood clots may eventually travel to the brain and cause a stroke.
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