What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heart rhythm across the world, which affects over 33 million patients worldwide and more people are being diagnosed every day.
So to understand what Atrial Fibrillation is let's break down the term. The word atrial comes from term atria which is the top portions of your heart. Fibrillation means that it's going so fast it's basically quivering instead of your atria beating together during normal rhythm it's basically going so fast that it's quivering. Sometimes as fast as 600 beats per minute.
Fortunately, the pulse comes from the lower chambers of the heart which cannot go as fast at 600 beats per minute, but still can go very fast and very irregular and it's not uncommon to see heartbeats of 100 up to 200 beats per minute.
So how do people feel when they get episodes of atrial fibrillation?
People feel their symptoms very differently. The most common symptom is a feeling of the heart skipping or racing. However, many people feel different symptoms. Many people just feel short of breath or tired when they're having episodes of AFib.
Some people feel chest pain because their heart is just going so fast. Other's feel dizzy or lightheaded. There are also plenty of people that truly feel nothing during an episode of atrial fibrillation and are often diagnosed just incidentally when they get a heart monitor or electrocardiogram.
When somebody first gets diagnosed with atrial fibrillation the most important thing to manage our symptoms and risk of stroke.
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