Also known as AFib or AF and it is basically an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia.
It can lead to heart failure, strokes, blood clots and other heart-related syndromes. Atrial Fibrillation is also sometimes referred to as a quivering heart.
Those who are obese or overweight carry an increased risk of AF symptoms. The risk factors associated with AF are high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, smoking and too much alcohol,
AFib can be diagnosed by a physical examination using an ECG (electrocardiogram). Additionally, a patient activated event recorder or Holter monitor can be used.
Some of the symptoms are:
- General Fatigue
- Chest Pain
- Rapid and Irregular Heartbeat (Heart Palpitations)
- Fainting and Confusion/Lightheaded
(But some people with AFib have no symptoms at all)
We have included a really good video from the USA, which explains the subject in a clear and concise manner:
If you suspect that yourself, or someone you know has atrial fibrillation, this will help educate you on the subject, but in learning more about AF, you will understand that you should immediately seek professional advice, and that treatment can save lives.
You should initially know the symptoms, you should learn more about AFib and your heart. For example, what symptoms might you experience. You should look to understand the risk factors and how you can reduce them.
Then you should understand your treatment options, with the right treatment, many of the outcomes listed above can be prevented.
Seeking professional help can teach you more about
- Medication options
- Treatment Goals
- Other procedures that may help