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Understanding atrial fibrillation

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A new study shows that women are more likely to suffer a stroke from atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, than men.

Julia Buchholz knew something wasn’t quite right with her heart.

“You’re not even aware of your heart beating right now, but when it’s not doing right then you become aware of it,” she said. “You can tell it’s not beating regularly.”

Julia was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

A new health study out of Denmark shows that women 75 and older are more likely than men to have a stroke because of a-fib.

Julia's not 75 yet and she's not a risk taker, either.

“When they say, ‘You’re more likely to have a stroke,’ that gets your attention and you say let’s do whatever we have to do to avoid it,” Buchholz.

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