What is atrial fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem people have. The condition puts you at risk of stroke and other problems. Another term for atrial fibrillation is “A-fib.”
In people with A-fib, the electrical signals that control the heartbeat become abnormal. As a result, the top two chambers of the heart stop pumping effectively, and blood that should move out of these chambers gets left behind. As the blood pools, it can start to form clots. These clots can travel up to the brain through the blood vessels, and cause strokes.
In some people, A-fib never goes away. In others, A-fib can come and go. If you had one or more bouts of A-fib, but have a normal heart rhythm now; ask your doctor what you can do to keep A-fib from coming back.
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|Submitted by Dr Vishal Maharaj
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