A stroke is a "sudden circulatory disturbance”that can result in serious and permanent consequential damage: the death of brain tissue can lead to paralysis, speech disorders and even death. Early detection of risk factors and rapid initiation of therapy are extremely important. The number one risk factor and most common cause of stroke is the cardiac arrhythmia referred to as atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation is characterized by the heart beating with an irregular rhythm. This can lead to blood clots in the heart, which are then carried into the brain via the bloodstream and clog blood vessels there. Most patients experience atrial fibrillation in the form of attacks. Referred to as paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, it occurs episodically and then disappears. This peculiarity makes it very difficult to detect.
About 1,8 million people in Germany suffer from atrial fibrillation. 50% of them are not even aware of it.
Kompetenznetz Vorhofflimmern (2018)
20% of all strokes are due to atrial fibrillation.
Deutsche Herzstiftung (2021)
A stroke due to atrial fibrillation occurs almost every 10 minutes in Germany.
You can also use the following test as a guide to determine whether you are a patient at risk for atrial fibrillation and therefore having a stroke. The test determines how high your risk of having a stroke is by asking you about certain factors.
You are a patient at risk and are wondering what you can do? We asked ourselves the same question and developed the SRA®+ software, which you can use to find out from your trusted doctor whether you really do have atrial fibrillation or are at increased risk.
SRA®+ stands for Stroke Risk Analysis and is an innovative service that examines your ECG data for irregularities to determine whether you have atrial fibrillation or an increased likelihood of developing the condition.