Caring for Someone with AFib

If a loved one is living with AFib, it’s important to understand their risk for having a stroke and what to do if they experience one. Early intervention and treatment can save the life of your loved one and lessen the disability they may experience after a stroke.

Signs of a stroke: Remember the FAST acronym

Know when to call forhelp by rememberingthis acronym:

Face drooping
Arm weakness
Speech difficulty
Time to call 911

Other stroke symptoms come on suddenly and without warning:

  • Numbness, especially on one side
  • Confusion or difficulty understanding
  • Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness, or loss of balance
  • An unexplained severe headache

If you witness any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Acting quickly is essential during a stroke—the quicker you can get medical help to your loved one, the lower their risk for serious disability or fatality.

Other ways to support your loved one:

  • Make sure you learn all you can about AFib and stroke, including reading through the content on this site
  • Remind them to take their medication, including blood thinners like XARELTO®, because it helps reduce their risk of stroke
  • Understand the side effects of XARELTO® so you know what to look out for while your loved one is taking it
  • Encourage them to stay active—you can even do it together by making time each week to take a walk in your neighborhood or local park
  • Be a partner in heart-healthy eating by grocery shopping together and choosing lots of vegetables, fruits, and lean protein

Educate yourself so that you can be a positive influence as they go through whatever they’re going through.

Hear how Teri’s husband, Todd, supports her through the highs and the lows.