What is atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation also known as AFib, a condition of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that may later result in stroke, heart failure, blood clotting and several other complications.


What actually happens inside during atrial fibrillation?

The human heat normally beats on contraction and relaxation phenomenon, while in the AFib the upper chamber of the heart (the atria) works improperly that leads to ineffective supply of blood to the ventricles.

A stroke may also occur when a clot burst off and mingle with the arterial supply of brain. It is observed that around 15-20% of people who faced the stroke have heart arrhythmia history and this is the actual reason for bringing those patients to blood thinner medicines.

If the AFib left untreated it may get worse and double the risk of heart-associated deaths along with severe risk of strokes. It is undoubtedly a serious condition to stay aware of.

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What are the symptoms for atrial fibrillation?

The most common and important symptom is a fluttering heartbeat. Other symptoms include muscles fatigue, fluttering in chest, dizziness, body weakness, shortness of breath, faintness or confusion, anxiety, sweating, fatigue while exercising and the chest pain.

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In the case of chest pain, the patient must contact to hospital immediately.
There are comparatively 5 time greater chances of heart attack and stroke for those having atrial fibrillation to those who don’t.

Paroxysmal fibrillation

Types of AFib

Paroxysmal fibrillation:

In this condition the heart returns back to normal by its own after a certain period of time or days. People suffering from this condition may face it few times a year but the symptoms keep on occurring gradually. The condition may also become long lasting that further can move to permanent or chronic AFib.

Persistent AFib

This condition of irregular heart rhythm may last for longer than 7 days and do not return back to normal without medications or treatment.

Long-standing AFib

This condition is stated when the patient suffers continuous irregular rhythm that lasts longer than a year.

Permanent AFib

This condition is stated when the doctors turn back from further rhythmic restoration treatment and the situation become indefinite.

Non-valvular AFib

When the fibrillation is not caused by heart valve issue.

Treatment and Preventions:

The proper treatment for AFib can really proves a lifesaving approach for your love ones and can give them a new way to live with a healthier lifestyle.

The proper treatment includes proper diagnosis and in-depth examination. The physical examination may also involve the patients’’ history and ECG procedures, electrophysiology etc.

Other controllable parameters include restoration of normal heartbeat, prevent thromboembolism (blood clot), managing stroke factors, prevent heart failure and other relevant symptoms.

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The medical practitioners usually suggest the beta blockers and calcium channel blocker for the treatment, which slows down the heart rate and improvise the symptoms. But these medicine do not effect on abnormal rhythm.

If you are facing any of such symptoms so connect your nearby doctor now and discuss him.