Recognizing A-Fib



Recognizing A-Fib

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and heart failure are increasing in prevalence worldwide and often associated with poor outcomes. However, some people are not aware they have atrial fibrillation until it is detected when a doctor is listening to the heart with a stethoscope. If you have difficulty breathing, or have chest pains lasting more than a few minutes, it is recommended to seek medical help.  Someone with A-fib can still live a long and active life with treatment from their doctor and self-management. 

Treatment may include medications, therapy, surgery, or catheter procedures, in order to reset the heart rhythm, control heart rate, and prevent blood clots that can lead to strokes.

Self-management includes following a heart-healthy lifestyle with changes such as:

  • Eating heart-healthy foods
  • Exercising regularly
  • Quit smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol
  • Keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control
  • Get follow-up care

Learn more:

Atrial fibrillation [Internet] Mayo Clinic. Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atrial-fibrillation/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350630

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