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A 27-year-old male asked:

Could a caffeine induced day long heart arrhythmia be the cause of a stroke, added to having very high colesteron and being overwight?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Possibly: There are many loose ends in your question. Unusual for caffeine to actually cause serious heart arrhythmia but if so, typical arrhythmia would be frequent premature ventricular beats, which usually don't contribute to stroke. If arrhythmia was atrial fibrillation or flutter, then a clot in the heart could have formed leading to stroke. Focus now on controlling all risks: cholesterol, weight, etc.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Risk of stroke: Sometimes it is hard to know what the cause of a stroke was. But a day long arrhythmmia, at least if it was atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, could be a cause of stroke. High cholesterol could increase the risk of stroke. Being overweight may affect the risk of stroke, at least indirectly. For people with elevated cholesterol, there may be atherosclerosis, this is a common cause of stroke

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