Posted on - March 10, 2021
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of strokes, heart failure, and other heart-related complications. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. It is the most common sustained arrhythmia, it causes the heart to beat very fast which causes irregular rhythms. People above the age of 40 are at risk if they have atrial fibrillation. Causes of atrial fibrillation can be hypertension, Acid-base disturbance, and pericardial disease. Some people with atrial fibrillation have no symptoms and are unaware of their condition, people may experience Palpitations, which are sensations of a racing, uncomfortable, irregular heartbeat or a flip-flopping in your chest, Fatigue, and Dizziness. Commonly AF is associated with a ventricular rate of 110 – 160. Slow’ AF is a term often used to describe AF with a ventricular rate < 60 bpm. If the symptoms do not stop after some time one must immediately see a doctor as there are major chances of having a stroke. Maintain a healthy diet and a healthy weight is recommended. Regular exercises and prescribed medication if any are usually recommended.