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The ABCs of atrial fibrillation
Here’s what you need to know about this heart rhythm disorder, which can raise your risk of stroke.
If you sometimes notice a fluttering, quivering sensation in your chest, you might have atrial fibrillation. About one in 11 men ages 65 and older has this heart rhythm disorder, commonly known as afib.
Afib causes an irregular and often faster-than-normal heartbeat. At rest, a normal heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute with a steady rhythm: beat... beat... beat. During afib, the heartbeat becomes erratic with an irregular rhythm: beat… beat... beat-beat-beat... beat. Afib can be persistent and chronic, or it can happen intermittently (paroxysmal atrial fibrillation).
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Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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Managing Atrial Fibrillation
Managing Atrial Fibrillation will explain what atrial fibrillation is, how to know if you have it, its causes, and the treatments available. Afib can be a complex health condition, so the more you know about it, the better you will be able to work with your doctor. If afib is monitored and treated correctly, you can minimize its symptoms and help to prevent serious complications like stroke and heart damage.
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