Atrial Fibrillation

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Last Updated: 02 May 2022
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Atrial fibrillation, frequently called AFib or AF, is the most common type of cured heart arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is when the heart defeats too gradually, too quick, or in uneven way. When a person has AFib, the normal beating in the upper chambers of the heart is irregular, and blood does not move as well as it ought to from the room to the lower chambers of the heart. AFib may take place briefly episodes, or it may be a permanent problem. It is estimated that 12, 1 million people in the United States will have AFib in 2030. People of European descent are most likely to have AFib than African Americans. Because the variety of AFib cases increases with age and women generally live longer than men, more women than men experience AFib. Some people that have AFib do not know they have it and do not have any symptoms. Others may experience several of the adhering to symptoms: Irregular heartbeat; Heart palpitations; Lightheadedness; Extreme exhaustion; Shortness of breath; Chest pain. When conventional stroke risk variables were accounted for, AFib was related to an about fivefold increased risk of ischemic stroke. Strokes caused by problems from AFib have a tendency to be more severe than strokes with other underlying causes. Strokes occur when blood circulation to the brain is obstructed by a blood clot or by fatty deposits called plaque in the capillary lining. The fatality rate from AFib as the primary or a contributing cause of fatality has been climbing for more than twenty years.

Listen to what your heartbeat is telling you. If you have AFib, the top chambers of the heart do not press blood out frequently, which can cause the blood to remain in the heart. When blood does not move regularly, it can increase your risk for stroke and other heart-related troubles. Living a heart-healthy way of living can assist make your heart more powerful and lower your possibilities for other heart-related troubles that AFib can cause. AFib is a common complication after heart surgery. Use Secure Messaging to talk to your health treatment team if you see any irregularities with your heart before or after heart surgical procedure. Symptoms of AFib can occur occasionally, regularly, or not in all. Being conscious of the signs and symptoms can help make an early medical diagnosis and reduce your risk of issues related to AFib. Seeing changes in your heart and speaking to your physician is very important because leaving AFib untreated can cause significant, serious difficulties. Even though Caucasians have AFib at higher rates, research has found some complications are more common amongst African Americans consisting of stroke, heart failure, or ischemic heart disease. Some complications of AFib consist of: Blood Clots; Cognitive impairment and dementia; Heart attack; Heart failure; Stroke. If you discover any signs or symptoms of AFib, call your doctor or use My HealtheVet to make an appointment to visit your doctor. Even though AFib increases the dangers of heart-related death and stroke, many people do not recognize the potentially significant effects. You can begin tracking your heart by logging your heart rate on My HealtheVet.

Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes an irregular and commonly unusually rapid heart rate. Sometimes atrial fibrillation does not cause any symptoms and an individual that has it is completely not aware that their heart rate is uneven. See a GP or call 111 if: you have chest pain that comes and goes; you have chest pain that vanishes promptly however you're still worried; you observe unexpected change in your heart beat; your heart rate is continually less than 60 or above 100.

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