Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is characterized by an irregular heartbeat due to the heart’s atria and ventricles contracting at different times.
This heart disease affects more than two million Americans and anyone can be at risk for it and increases the risk of heart failure and stroke.
Usually, AFib is more common in adults who are over the age of 60, but there are other heart problems that can also lead to this condition.
High blood pressure, heart valve disease, a previous heart surgery and heart muscle disease can increase the risk of experiencing AFib.
People who have long-term lung disease, an overactive thyroid gland or sleep apnea are also at a higher risk of experience AFib.
Common symptoms that associated with AFib are a racing heartbeats, or heart palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness.
If you feel as though you are experiencing any of these symptoms and can link them to AFib, then you should go see your doctor or a professional healthcare provider.
A doctor may put you through a series of test that can help determine whether you have AFib.
Blood tests may be done to determine if everything is running smoothly in your thyroid, kidneys, and liver. A CT scan can also scan your hearth and give a doctor a better picture of what you are experiencing.
If your doctor has diagnosed you with AFib, then he or she may prescribe you with medications that will help to maintain your heartbeats.
Blood thinners or anticoagulants can help to maintain a normal rhythm and will also help to prevent any blood clots.
Beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers will help to slow your heart rate and reduce the strength of the heart’s contractions.
Potassium channel blockers and sodium channel blockers can also help to maintain the rhythm of your heart.
It is important to go see you doctor or a professional healthcare professional who will be able to provide you with a proper treatment regarding you and your condition.
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