AF Information & Advice For Patients

What is atrial fibrillation (AF)

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance encountered by doctors. It can affect adults of any age, but it is more common as people get older. In the over 65 year old age group,

Symptoms of AF

Palpitations, otherwise known as awareness of the heartbeat, palpitations are the most common symptom of AF.

Causes and types of AF

The cause of AF is not fully understood and men and women are equally susceptible to the disease. It is also age related – the older you become the more likely you are to develop AF.

Detecting atrial fibrillation

The simplest way to detect AF is to feel a pulse. If the rhythm of the beat seems irregular, this may indicate AF.

Risks of AF

What are the risks of AF? AF-related stroke The main risk associated with AF is stroke. This occurs because when a person is in AF, the atria...

Protect from AF-related stroke

The irregular rhythm of the heart caused by AF gives opportunity for the blood to pool and form into a clot.

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