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How can an irregular heartbeat cause complications?

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Most episodes of atrial fibrillation aren't life-threatening, but an irregular heartbeat can cause complications like a heart attack or stroke. When you're prepared to spot and handle what's going on, you can help your loved one get the medical care he needs faster, and ease your worries, too.

From: When Someone With AFib Has Trouble WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AFib Matters: "About Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Aspirin and Heart Disease."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation" (AFib or AF)," "Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms."

British Heart Foundation: "Heart Attack."

Harvard Medical School: "Aspirin For Heart Attack."

Legacy Health: "Stroke FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Don't Take a Chance with a Heart Attack." 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?"

St. Joseph's Hospital Heart Institute Advanced Center for Atrial Fibrillation: "Atrial Fibrillation: Frequently Asked Questions."

StopAbFib.org: "How To Know It's Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

SOURCES:

AFib Matters: "About Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Aspirin and Heart Disease."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation" (AFib or AF)," "Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms."

British Heart Foundation: "Heart Attack."

Harvard Medical School: "Aspirin For Heart Attack."

Legacy Health: "Stroke FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Don't Take a Chance with a Heart Attack." 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?"

St. Joseph's Hospital Heart Institute Advanced Center for Atrial Fibrillation: "Atrial Fibrillation: Frequently Asked Questions."

StopAbFib.org: "How To Know It's Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

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