Signs & Symptoms of AFIB
Atrial Fibrillation, known as AFIB or AF, is an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia that can result in a stroke as well as other heart-related problems. AFIB causes the upper chamber of the heart to beat irregularly rather than beating effectively to move blood into the ventricles.
AFIB can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFIB. The number is expected to increase with the aging population in the United States.
About 2 percent of people younger than 65 years old will be diagnosed with AFIB. Meanwhile, 9 percent of those who are 65 or older will develop AFIB. Since the chance of developing AFIB increases with age, more women are expected to be diagnosed with it because they generally live longer than men.
Sometimes people with AFIB have no symptoms and their condition is only detectable upon physical examination. Still, others may experience some symptoms. Additional common symptoms of AFIB include:
Specialized care for the treatment of heart rhythm disorders, like AFIB.
Many new treatment options are available to help control arrhythmias. Dr. Arthur Kendig, a cardiac electrophysiologist (EP cardiologist), with SAMC’s Heart Rhythm Clinic is a fellowship trained cardiologist that specializes in diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders and the electric system of the heart.
*Some information courtesy of the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.