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About Atrial Fibrillation

Can't keep rhythm? For people with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) this is all too true. AFib is a heart condition that makes your heart beat out of rhythm. Unfortunately,many people that have AFib are unaware of it.

it's easy to get checked. just ask your doctor about atrial fibrillation

An overview of AFib, signs, symptoms and tips on how to look after your heart.

Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Some people with AFib do not experience any symptoms,although a fast heartbeat may be felt (some people describe these as 'palpitations').

Other possible symptoms include:


Shortness of breath

Chest pain (Angina)


However, some people have no symptoms at all.

If you have AFib you are five times more at risk of having a stroke than someone without AFib.

Wolf PA,et al Atrial Fibrillation as an independent Risk Factor for Stroke:The Framingham Study.
Stroke 1991;2:983-998.

Risk Factors of Atrial Fibrillation

The exact cause of AFib is not fully understood, but the risk increases as you get older and it is more common in people with other heart conditions such as:

Treating AFib may include:

Medicines to regulate your heart rate.

Medicines to thin your blood and reduce stroke risk.

Healthy lifestyle changes.

Medical and surgical procedures to restore normal heart rhythm.

What should you do about it?

It's easy to have it checked out, next time you visit your doctor ask them about Atrial Fibrillation.

To diagnose Atrial Fibrillation your doctor will take your medical history, give you a medical examination and arrange for an Electrocardiogram (ECG) - a test which confirms your heart rhythm.

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