In a stroke, a blocked cerebral artery causes the brain tissue to be deprived of blood and oxygen. As a result, some of the brain tissue becomes necrotic, and a stroke occurs.

About strokes

A significant share of strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots.

During atrial fibrillation, the heart beats irregularly instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricles. If a clot breaks off, enters the bloodstream and lodges in an artery leading to the brain, a stroke results.



Every sixth person is affected


Are under 65 years old


People in Finland each year


The average age of people getting a stroke


Caused by atrial fibrillation


Are men

Stroke symptoms

Call the emergency response center immediately, if you or someone with you exhibit any of the signs of a stroke mentioned below.

Face drooping

Speech difficulties

Blurred vision

Lack of balance

Limb weakness

Consequenses of a stroke

Every sixth person will suffer from a stroke before the age of 75. About 20% of them are still in the working age. The consequences of a stroke are always very grave. A stroke is also always a big tragedy and cause of concern for everyone involved. By detecting and treating arrhythmia – such as atrial fibrillation – before severe complications occur, 2/3 of strokes could be prevented.


Will go back to normal life


Will become disabled


Will die

The best way to prevent a stroke is to minimize the risk factors

Know your heart rhythm

Pay attention to your blood pressure

Exercise regularly

Take control of your cholesterol

Quit smoking
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