Atrial Fibrillation


What is atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat. It reduces your heart's ability to pump blood through your body, which means you do not get enough oxygen. Atrial fibrillation may come and go, or it may be a long-term condition. It is important to treat and manage atrial fibrillation to help prevent a blood clot or stroke.

What increases my risk for atrial fibrillation?

What are the signs and symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed? Your healthcare provider will ask when your symptoms began and if you noticed anything that triggered them. He will measure your heart rate. Tell him what health conditions you have and what medicines you take. He will ask if you drink alcohol, smoke, or use any illegal drugs. You may need any of the following tests:

How is atrial fibrillation treated?

How can I manage atrial fibrillation?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


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