Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to the development of blood clots being sent throughout the body.

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Report finds connection between atrial fibrillation and risk of dementia

November 02, 2018 - 4:30 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to the development of blood clots being sent throughout the body. 

The most effective way we have to treat atrial fibrillation is either to use procedural techniques to correct the problem and get the heart rate back to normal, or to give blood thinners to reduce the chances of ascending clots throughout the body. 

Now, there is a new report which finds that there is an association between atrial fibrillation and the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. But those who undergo treatment can dramatically reduce this risk.  

The bottom line is, do not ignore atrial fibrillation.