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  1. Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Disease

    Information on atrial fibrillation and abnormal heartbeat, including the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

  2. Atrial Flutter

    Atrial flutter is an abnormality in the beating of the heart. Find out more.

  3. Atrial Fibrillation - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include:Age older than 60.Being white and male.Heart failure.Heart valve disease.High blood pressure.Coronary artery disease and heart attack.Obesity.4A family history of atrial fibrillation.5Surgery on the heart.A history of rheumatic fever.Infection, such as pneumonia or endocarditis.Lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

  4. Atrial Fibrillation - Overview

    What is atrial fibrillation?Atrial fibrillation (say “A - tree - uhl fih - bruh - LAY - shun”) is an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that starts in the upper parts (atria) of the heart. Normally, the heart beats in a strong, steady rhythm. In atrial fibrillation, a problem with the heart’s electrical system causes the atria to quiver, or fibrillate. The quivering upsets the normal rhythm

  5. Atrial Fibrillation - Cause

    Atrial fibrillation is caused by a problem with the electrical activity of the heart.Conditions that damage the heart muscle or strain the heart often cause atrial fibrillation. These include:High blood pressure, a condition in which the force of blood against artery walls is too strong. Normal blood pressure is 119 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) systolic over 79 mm Hg diastolic or below. ...

  6. Atrial Fibrillation - Prevention

    A healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, treatment for high blood pressure, and other measures can prevent atrial fibrillation by protecting you from heart disease. Do not smoke, try to lower your stress, exercise more, and control your blood pressure. Experts also recommend that adults eat at least two servings of fish per week, particularly fish such as salmon, trout, and tuna, for a healthy ...

  7. Atrial Fibrillation - Living With Atrial Fibrillation

    Since atrial fibrillation is often the result of an underlying heart condition, making changes to improve your heart condition will usually improve your overall health. Some of these changes include:Quitting smoking. Quitting smoking may be the most important step you can take to prevent coronary artery disease. For more information, see the topic Quitting Tobacco Use.Controlling your ...

  8. Atrial Fibrillation - Symptoms

    Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include:Heart palpitations.Irregular pulse.Shortness of breath, especially during physical activity or emotional stress.Weakness, fatigue.Dizziness, confusion.Lightheadedness or fainting (syncope).Chest pain (angina).Atrial fibrillation is often discovered during routine medical checkups, because many people do not have symptoms. Others may notice an irregular ...

  9. Atrial Fibrillation - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take anticoagulants to prevent stroke? Should I try cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Taking anticoagulants for .

  10. Atrial Fibrillation - When to Call a Doctor

    Some symptoms of atrial fibrillation need urgent medical evaluation. Callor other emergency services immediately if you:Have severe chest pain.Experience any signs of a stroke.Feel faint and have an irregular heartbeat.If you see someone pass out, callor other emergency services immediately.Call your doctor if you have:An irregular heart rate.Heart palpitations.Periods of unexplained ...

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