Each September we recognize National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, is the most common heart rhythm disorder in the country, with millions of Americans living with AFib. Unfortunately, not all of them know they have it. In fact, some might not show any symptoms at all, while others may just have mild symptoms that go undiagnosed.
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition where your heart’s upper chambers beat out of sync with the lower chambers. This creates an abnormal heartbeat that is often rapid, but can also be too slow or just irregular.
The abnormal heartbeat puts extra strain on your heart and makes AFib patients at higher risk for heart failure. Also, because your heart beats out of sync, blood doesn’t flow through the heart as well as it should, which can lead to pooling and the formation of blood clots.
Watch for These Symptoms and Talk to Your Doctor
There are several warning signs that you might have AFib. If someone in your family has a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, or other chronic problems like sleep apnea, diabetes, thyroid problems, and kidney disease – you face an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.
If you experience any of the symptoms below, make sure to schedule an appointment with your cardiologist. Call us at 920-886-8380 or schedule an appointment online today.