Atrial Fibrillation is an abnormal or rapid heartbeat that causes poor blood flow to the body. It starts with small periods of abnormal heart beat which become longer and constant gradually. The symptoms are heart palpitations, fainting, shortness of breath, or chest pain. It increases the risk of heart failure, dementia and stroke.
HOW IS ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DIAGNOSED?
Atrial fibrillation can be diagnosed by physical examination, electrocardiogram, Holter monitor, or patient-activated event recorder.
HOW IS ATRIAL FIBRILLATION TREATED?
The cardiologist will carry out treatment to reset the heart to a normal rhythm and to prevent blood clots. This can be done using catheters which can be installed in a simple surgical procedure. Medication can also be prescribed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Atrial fibrillation is linked to numerous cardiovascular disease, but may occur in otherwise healthy hearts also.