Save Your Heart, Spare Your Brain

What pa­tients and doc­tors need to know about Atrial Fib­ril­la­tion

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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.

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