You probably know that each person with AFib experiences it uniquely to that person. In other words, your doctor quantifies how much AFib affects you. AFib burden is a term referring to the “amount and type” of atrial fibrillation you have.
By considering the amount of AFib any one person has, his/her doctor can define it better than simply saying a patient either does or does not have AFib. So, you might consider the term AFib burden as the grey area of AFib. When your doctor can clearly understand just how much AFib may be affecting you, he/she can understand which treatment options best can help you.
Your Doctor Quantifies AFib Burden
To define your specific AFib burden, you doctor might ask you the typical time period an AFib episodes lasts. Or, he or she might ask you to estimate the number of episodes you have during a certain monitoring period. Whatever your AFib burden, make sure you report any serious changes to your doctor. Alternatively, if a patient has either a pacemaker or implantable loop recorder, these devices can tell your doctor exactly how much AFib you have to see if your AFib burden improves on treatment.
As cardiology researchers continue to study AFib’s existence, they get a better understanding of it. Just as in any human phenomenon, the more we understand about a condition, the greater the chances are someone will find a cure. Currently, your doctor quantifies your specific AFib burden mainly by focusing on the type or pattern; paroxysmal meaning it unpredictably comes and goes, persistent, or permanent.
The American Heart Association’s professional journal, Circulation, recently revealed global AFib statistics. The study reviewed population-based studies of AFib published from 1980 to 2010. They wanted to know the world’s AFib burden. Yes, AFib is a global issue.
The study gathered data about AFib that revealed:
Geographical locations where people have AFib
The places where there are more people with AFib than in other places
Mortality related to Atrial Fibrillation
The AFib disease study revealed that globally in 2010 more than 33 million people experienced AFib. Of that 33 million global figure, 20.9 million males and 12.6 million females have AFib. Frightening to think so many people globally suffer with AFib, isn’t it? This study shows that more people are developing AFib!
What does this mean for you and AFib? A lot of people are researching AFib. Hopefully, this research will eventually reveal a cure. Until then, I encourage you to stay in touch with your cardiologist. He or she is your best ally for your heart.
Looking for an easy-to-talk-to heart specialist in Houston, TX? Make an appointment with me, Dr. AFib by calling281.446.3645. I do understand how frightening having AFib is. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have to educate your family about this disease.
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