Abnormal EKG Reading and Stroke Deaths Linked

by Jodee on March 20, 2009

The combination of an ischemic stroke and an abnormal heart cycle is not a good one. This set of symptoms means that the patient is more likely to die within three months than someone who does not have any abnormal electrical activity in his or her heart.

An EKG measures the electrical activity in the patient’s heart. When the electrical signals take too long to pass through the upper and lower chambers of the heart, it can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Medications

Ischemic stroke is the most common form of this health problem, and it is caused when the vessels supplying the brain are obstructed. According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 Americans has a stroke (either a new or recurrent one).

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