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Oct 3, 2016 · Balancing risk: Hemorrhagic stroke and Afib in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am 70 year old woman who temporarily lost the ability to grasp with the fingers of the left hand. A CT scan and MRI showed a small brain bleed in the middle of the right hemisphere. Function returned quickly but an event monitor that was worn for 20 days showed two confirmed instances of Afib but no symptoms of the condition. Follow uo MRI after the blood had been reabsorbed showed no abnormality in the region of the bleed. How to balance the risk of taking blood thinners for Afib to prevent a stroke caused by a clot with the risk of causing another hemorrhagic stroke?