The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - REAL LIFE -

Atrial fib­ril­la­tion has been said to af­fect more than 400,000 Aus­tralians. It’s the most com­mon type of ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat, mak­ing blood flow in the heart ir­reg­u­lar, which can lead to clots and stroke.

Pos­si­ble signs in­clude a flut­ter­ing or thump­ing in the chest, dizzi­ness, weak­ness, short­ness of breath, feel­ing faint or con­fused and fa­tigue.

A re­cent joint study by Mel­bourne hos­pi­tal The Al­fred and the Baker Heart & Di­a­betes In­sti­tute, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy, found car­diac ab­la­tion is a very ef­fec­tive treat­ment for atrial fib­ril­la­tion. It can also re­pair heart func­tion in peo­ple with heart fail­ure that has been caused by atrial fib­ril­la­tion.

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