What You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation

Are you experiencing erratic heartbeats? You may have atrial fibrillation. While this condition is not life threatening, if left unattended it can lead to complications. Basically, this condition is characterized by an irregular (often fast heart beats) that can be the source of poor flow of blood. Atrial fibrillation may come and go but you should be cautious because you may experience a chronic type of the condition. Here are some things you need to know about atrial fibrillation:

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Symptoms

If you have atrial fibrillation, the heart does not beat capably. It cannot efficiently pump enough blood all throughout the body. Symptoms include palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, and reduced blood pressure.

Causes

When you have atrial fibrillation, your heart rate may range from 100-175 beats/minute. Note that the normal beats/minute is 60-100. The causes of atrial fibrillation include heart attacks, sleep apnea, viral infections, HBP (high blood pressure), overactive thyroid and many more. Atrial-Fibrillation1

Risk factors

The risk factors for this condition include the age, family history, drinking, heart disease, high blood pressure and other chronic diseases. If you noticed that your heart is beating erratically for a period of time, it is important that you go to your doctors right away.

Complications

As mentioned earlier, atrial fibrillation is not life threatening however, other complications may form over time. Some of the complications include stroke and heart failure which can lead to death if not treated.

The good news is that there is a mobile application called AFDetect that can identify atrial fibrillation. If you do not want to go to the doctor, you can depend on this application. The creator is medical service company called HealthSTATS International. The app will utilize the phone’s flash to sense and analyze the pulse.  

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