5 Fast Facts About AFib

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A healthy heart drums up a steady rhythm. It beats around 60-100 times per minute when you're resting. If you have atrial fibrillation, though, your heart can beat out of rhythm, too fast, or too slow.

Untreated AFib might also make you up to five times more likely to have a stroke.

So what does AFib feel like? It may seem like your heart is fluttering, pounding, racing, or skipping beats. You may also get tired, lightheaded, or short of breath. Some people don't have symptoms, though.

And did you know certain habits may raise your odds of getting AFib? Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and intense athletic endurance training may all be culprits.

Health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and heart disease can also raise your risk. If you have one of these, work with your doctor to get it under control and feel better.