Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, is an irregular, rapid heart rate. This can be caused by an overactive thyroid gland or other metabolic imbalance. Exposure to stimulants, such as medications, caffeine, tobacco or alcohol.
In excess of two million Americans are suffering from AFib. More common in the elderly, 60 and older. AFib is Atrial fibrillation, and it is a quivery, fluttery heartbeat. You may hear the doctor call it arrhythmia. It means your heart’s rhythm is abnormal, and your blood isn’t moving well. What exactly happens with AFib? The top part of your heart, the atria, squeezes first, and then the bottom part the ventricles. The timing of these contractions is what moves the blood. With AFib, the signals that control this process are off schedule. Instead of working together, they do their own thing. Symptoms of Afib can cause heart failure.
If diagnosed with AFib, there is a higher risk for stroke, especially with other factors such as heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, and hypertension. Blood clots can form from atrial fibrillation leading to a stroke if the clot leaves the heart and travels to the brain.
Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
- Your heart is racing or fluttering in your
- chest (palpitations)
- Fatigued or weak
- Dizzy or lightheaded
- Chest pain / pressure
- Short of breath
Symptoms of Afib are only an indication. Please see your cardiologist or call us to get a proper diagnosis.