Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm that affects the upper chambers (atria) of the heart.
This abnormal, irregular heart rhythm is also referred to as an arrhythmia which can affect the efficiency of blood flow to the rest of the body.
Atrial fibrillation is categorized in 3 forms:
The type of atrial fibrillation you have will help determine your treatment.
Treating atrial fibrillation is important because it increases your risk of stroke, heart failure and can impact negatively on your quality of life.
The cause of atrial fibrillation is often unclear, however the following factors are known to increase the risk:
The symptoms often reported by patients but not limited to include:
Detection and recording of atrial fibrillation can often be challenging. The following tests might be used to determine whether you have atrial fibrillation:
Goals of treatment include:
Talk to your doctor to determine which treatment option best suits you.