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Atrial Fibrillation or AFib is an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). In a healthy heart, the atria (top 2 chambers of the heart) relax and contract to a regular beat. However, with AFib, instead of a regular beat, the heart contracts and relaxes moving the blood into the ventricles haphazardly or inconsistently. This is usually due to a problem with the heart’s electrical activity.
Causes of AFib could be damage to the heart’s electrical system from coronary artery disease or longstanding, unchecked high blood pressure. But sometimes causes are simply unknown. AFib is however, the most common complication after heart surgery.
There are approximately 2.7 million people suffering with AFib each year. Many believe that AFib is not dangerous, however, they are incorrect. If left untreated, AFib can double your risk of other heart related problems AND you are 5 times more likely to have a stroke. FIVE TIMES! Why is this you ask? The answer is simple, if your heart isn’t moving blood through your body as it should, blood can pool, causing clots. If a clot ends up in an artery that carries blood to your brain, a stroke can happen.
We provide Home Care for those with Atrial Fibrillation and other heart issues.
So if you’re experiencing a fast, fluttery or thumping sensation in your chest, please get it checked out. You have a lot to lose if you don’t.
Update to this Article 3/16/17 :
I just received an email from the American Heart Association informing me of new videos they have online and it’s a video about this very topic. The title of the video is “Talking About AFib and Stroke With Your Patients.” To me, the title is a bit misleading. It’s a short video of a doctor explaining to his patient what AFib is and why someone with AFib has an increased risk of a stroke.