Heart Disease can be a Stroke Risk Factor
A large portion of the blood that leaves the heart with each heart beat reaches the brain. Because of this, a blood clot that forms inside the heart can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Conditions that increase blood clot formation inside the heart, increase the risk of stroke, and are commonly known as cardiogenic risk factors for stroke.
Common cardiogenic risk factors for stroke include conditions in which the heart beats irregularly, including: