admin - December 28, 2011
Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heartbeat that often has no warning signs, but it is a condition that can cause stroke. More than 2 million people in US have atrial fibrillation. However, some may not even know they have the condition if they do not experience symptoms and haven’t been screened.
Obviously the risk of stroke with Afib is dangerous for all who have the condition, but this HealthDay video below has a special information, based on a study, for women, in particular.
The video, entitled, Heart Fluttering? What Everyone, Particularly Women, Need to Know About Afib can also be found on Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel. If you do not have video capability, I’ve provided the script for you below the video.
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Here is the script of this video for your convenience:
A common problem that knocks the heart out of rhythm can put women in the path of life-threatening ailments.
More than 2 million Americans have a condition called atrial fibrillation, also called Afib. This condition causes the heart to beat ineffectively, leaving it unable to pump blood like it should.
In a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers looked at how new cases of Afib affect women’s risk of dying.
They included more than 34,000 women. All were older than 45 and none had Afib at the beginning of the study.
Over 15 years, more than 1,000 women developed Afib. These women had a higher risk of dying of cardiovascular problems or dying in general. Their higher risks appeared to be partly due to congestive heart failure and stroke.
The American Heart Association® urges people with Afib to have it treated to reduce their risk of ischemic stroke, which can occur when blood forms a clot in the heart and gets into the blood stream. Treatments for the condition include medications, surgery, or a pacemaker.
I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading: Health news that matters – to you.