Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation and Not Know It?
Recently, a reader on my blog asked me for the typical and atypical signs of atrial fibrillation (AF). That’s a good question because some people have AF and don’t know it. Yet, if left untreated it can cause long-term complications. Here’s why…
AF is an irregular heartbeat caused when the heart’s normal “pacemaker” is bombarded by competing electrical charges that originate in the atria, the upper chambers of the heart. These competing impulses initiate chaotic muscle contractions, so instead of contracting forcefully to move the blood out, the atria quiver or "fibrillate." This can send heart rates up to 130 to 250 beats per minute, or more.
Now it’s your turn: Have you experienced atrial fibrillation?
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