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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.


Questions:

  1. What is atrial fibrillation or AFib?
  2. What causes atrial fibrillation?
  3. How do you know if you have atrial fibrillation? Are there specific symptoms?
  4. How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?
  5. How is atrial fibrillation treated?
  6. Is atrial fibrillation dangerous?
  7. What is the connection between atrial fibrillation and an increased risk for stroke?
  8. Can atrial fibrillation be prevented?
  9. What does the future hold for treating patients with atrial fibrillation?

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