What is Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) is a health condition where a patient has abnormal heart rhythms where their heart usually beats faster which prevent blood from moving to the ventricles effectively. In a healthy individual, the two upper chambers of their heart (the atria) contract and relax in coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles).
Atrial Fibrillation increases the risk of heart-related illnesses and other conditions. AF can make the heart eject a blood clot which can cause heart failure or stroke, or the clot can travel to the lungs and legs causing Pulmonary Embolism (PE) and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) respectively.
Atrial Fibrillation is one of the most common causes of strokes accounting for about 15-20% of all strokes in America. If you have other health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, vascular disease, mini-stroke, there is a higher risk of getting a stroke …