What is atrial fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation, commonly known as AFib, is a common and progressive disease, with no cure. But, with early and proper treatment, can be managed so that you can live a healthier, better quality life. AFib is an organized "quivering" of the upper chambers of the heart and is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm. AFib alters how blood flows within the heart and increases the risk of developing blood clots that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. If you have AFib, you may feel short of breath, weak, tired or dizzy. You may even experience palpitations.
The condition is a growing health issue in the U.S. that affects approximately 3 million individuals each year. According to the American Heart Association, individuals with AFib are four to five times more likely to have a stroke and, if left untreated, can double the risk of heart-related deaths. The good news is that treatment options have increased and evolved to provide higher efficacy and lower risks. Early intervention leads to more positive outcomes. Do not wait to see your doctor if you think you may have atrial fibrillation.
Long-term or frequent AFib should not be ignored. Regular checkups give you the best chance of effectively managing your symptoms.