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Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm, also known as an arrhythmia. Blood flow from the top chambers of the heart to the bottom chambers varies from beat to beat, and the heart cannot pump blood to the rest of the body efficiently.
The heartbeat usually starts from one spot in the right atrium, the upper-right chamber of the heart. However, people with A-Fib have a heartbeat that triggers from multiple spots, which means both atria and the ventricles, or lower chambers, beat at their own pace.
The arrhythmia may or may not produce symptoms. Recognizing and treating A-Fib early in its development can greatly improve the chances of avoiding complications.
Chest pain man
Chest pain is a symptom of A-fib, if symptoms occur at all.
A-Fib may not cause any symptoms at all, and, when there are symptoms, they may only occur intermittently.
Often the heart rate is higher than usual with AFib, but this depends on how many signals get from the atria to the ventricle.
Common symptoms include:
palpitations, or the feeling of an irregular heartbeat
breathlessness, particularly when lying flat
chest pain or pressure
low blood pressure
dizziness, light-headedness, and fainting
People who do not have symptoms will not be aware of A-fib, so it goes untreated. The first sign of A-fib might be a complication, such as a stroke or heart failure.
Keep a close eye on the symptoms and when they occur or change in severity. Make a note of them for your doctor. This will help them make the diagnosis and decide on the best treatment.
South Africa Stats
Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in South Africa after HIV/AIDS.
More South Africans die of CVD than of all the cancers combined.
CVD is responsible for almost 1 in 6 deaths (17.3%) in South Africa.
215 people die every day from heart disease or strokes.
Every hour in South Africa: 5 people have heart attacks, 10 people have strokes and of those events, 10 people will actually die from it
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