Save Your Heart, Spare Your Brain
What patients and doctors need to know about Atrial Fibrillation
Aquivering heart isn’t so romantic after all. In fact, it can be devastating. Atrial fibrillation or AFib — an irregular or quivering heartbeat — is the culprit in about one out of five strokes. But even though it affects 2.7 million Americans, it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Many dismiss the flutter or thumping in the chest, the rapid and irregular heartbeat and other symptoms, including chest pain. But AFib is the most common serious heart rhythm abnormality in people over 65. So if you experience these symptoms, see your healthcare provider (and chest pain should never wait; always call 9-1-1). If you do have AFib, you must manage it to prevent a stroke — and possibly save your life.