Atrial Fibrillation: Do You Have Symptoms and Don\'t Know It?
January 12, 2014
Do you ever feel a pounding, fluttering, or racing sensation in your chest? What about light-headedness, confusion, or shortness of breath all at the same time? If you experience these symptoms, you may have atrial fibrillation, or ‘AFib.’ Left untreated, AFib can lead to life-threatening blood clots or a weakened heart that results in heart failure. Atrial fibrillation is a serious health matter. Persons that suffer atrial fibrillation are five to seven times more likely than the general population to have a stroke. In this post to HealthConnection, UT Health Science Center at Tyler cardiologist Dr. Sam Daya answers questions on diagnosing and treating atrial fibrillation.
- What is atrial fibrillation or AFib?
- What causes atrial fibrillation?
- How do you know if you have atrial fibrillation? Are there specific symptoms?
- How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?
- How is atrial fibrillation treated?
- Is atrial fibrillation dangerous?
- What is the connection between atrial fibrillation and an increased risk for stroke?
- Can atrial fibrillation be prevented?
- What does the future hold for treating patients with atrial fibrillation?