Mexican Americans with Atrial Fibrillation at Greater Risk of Recurring Stroke

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A new study indicates that Mexican Americans with atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder, are at a greater risk of suffering a recurring stroke. Strokes can mean a long recovery period and the loss of some motor functions or permanent disability. Long-term disability benefits can help cover lost wages while a stroke victim undergoes recovery.

Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the upper chambers of the heart have an irregular beat and don’t properly pump blood. This can lead to a pooling of blood within the atria which can form blood clots. If these blood clots break off and travel to the brain, it can result in a stroke.

It was found that Mexican American patients were twice as likely to have a recurring stroke when compared to Caucasians. However, despite the increased risk of a second stroke, there seemed to be no greater risk of death.

The participants of this study included 148 Caucasian patients and 88 Mexican American patients with atrial fibrillation. Researchers believe that the reason for the difference may have to do with the management of a drug used to help prevent stroke, something that was not included in their study.

If you have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or are suffering with any type of debilitating condition that prevents you from working for a long period of time, you should contact a long-term disability representative. They can help determine if you qualify for long-term disability benefits.

The long-term disability representatives Disability Help Group have experience with cross examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Call us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 for a FREE consultation.