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Study finds some patients with atrial fibrillation have hidden brain damage

from HealthDay News

In a new study of patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, 4 in 10 had previously undetected brain damage, though none had a history of stroke or mini-stroke. This brain damage could put them at risk for mental decline and dementia, researchers said. Their study included nearly 1,400 patients in Switzerland, average age 72, who had atrial fibrillation and underwent MRI brain scans. None had suffered a stroke or mini-stroke — TIA. more

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