Do you ever feel like your heart is racing? Fluttering? Skipping a beat? Do you feel fatigued, short of breath, or have bouts of dizziness?
You could have atrial fibrillation — a common heart condition more commonly called “afib,” which can dramatically increase your risk of stroke. Although afib is common, it is also a complex condition, so the more you know, the better you can protect your health. That’s why Harvard Health Publishing created Managing Atrial Fibrillation, a new online guide filled with the latest information on the tests, medications, and procedures, which can help you manage afib.
Just what is atrial fibrillation, and how can you find the right treatment for you?
Simply put, afib is a malfunction of the heart’s timing system or sinus rhythm. When your heart is beating normally, the atria (the chambers at the top) contract and relax at steady, regular intervals. If you have afib, the atria beat erratically and too quickly. The quivering movements mean the ventricles (the lower chambers of the heart) don’t fill with blood effectively.
In this new report, you’ll discover the most common symptoms afib causes for some people. Plus, you’ll learn that 90% of all afib episodes may not cause any noticeable symptoms!
Download Harvard’s Managing Atrial Fibrillation now and learn:
- The 5 most common symptoms of atrial fibrillation
- How to lower stroke risk if you can’t take “blood thinners”
- The link between high blood pressure and afib
- The difference between warfarin and newer anticoagulant medications
- 3 different types of atrial fibrillation — and why it’s so important to know which kind you have
- Specific things you can do to lower your risk for afib
- And so much more
Managing Atrial Fibrillation explains what afib is in clear, easy-to-understand language. You’ll find out how afib affects your heart, why it only causes symptoms for some people, the different tests used to diagnose the condition, and you’ll get a review of the various treatments, procedures, and medications that help to control the condition.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” – Proverbs 12:25
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” – Luke 12:25
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Matthew 7:11
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