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AFib-related stroke and disability

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Stroke is very disabling and individuals recovering from a stroke who also have AFib have a higher risk of remaining disable or handicapped compared to stroke patients without AFib.

Lamassa M, Di Carlo A, Pracucci G, Basile A, et al. Characteristics, Outcome, and Care of Stroke Associated with Atrial Fibrillation in Europe: Data from a multicenter multinational hospital based registry (The European Community Stroke Project). Stroke. 2001; 32. http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/32/2/392.long

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