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Diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Numbness in neck and arm, has afib episodes. Stroke?

My mother is 75 y.o. and has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation . She is on Pradaxa but recently when she has afib episodes she often has numbness in her neck and down one arm - sometimes the right, sometimes the left. She s been in the hospital, gone to the ER and called her doctor and they don t appear to be very concerned. Is this dangerous? She is very worried about having a stroke .
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

In the presence of risk factor like A-fib, the possibility can not be easily excluded.
TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) leading to face and upper limb paresis is a possibility.
MRI (and/or MRA) may help.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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