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What You Should Know About Atrial Fibrillation

admin - September 12, 2012



Heart fluttering? It could be a serious heart condition.

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of Americans. It can encompass many cardiovascular conditions like atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat that can prevent the proper pumping of blood throughout the body.

This video discusses a study conducted on thousands of women who did not have atrial fibrillation. It goes on to reveal how many women developed the condition over time and what type of risks the condition can elevate.

To lower your risk of developing any type of heart condition including atrial fibrillation, you can implement healthy lifestyle choices, like a balanced diet, regular exercise and plenty of rest. Learn other ways you can keep your body healthy by visiting Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Heart Flutter

Here is the audio text to the video:

“A common problem that knocks the heart out of rhythm can put women in the path of life-threatening ailments.

More than two 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 fifteen 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 risk 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 the doctors are reading, health news that matters to you.”




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