Published 2018-03-02
Changed 2019-01-27

What is atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is a commonly occurring heart rhythm abnormality. Atrial fibrillation involves irregular heartbeats that are usually faster than normal. One in four people over the age of 40 develops atrial fibrillation, but not everybody experiences symptoms. You can live a normal life with atrial fibrillation when it is properly treated. The treatment includes not only the control of the abnormal heart beats but also the prevention of clots formation which can cause s stroke.

Checklist for atrial fibrillation (ref.1)

  • Have you experienced the following during the last few months?
  • Palpitations
  • Fatigue
    (even if you have slept well at night)
  • Shortness of breath
    (for example when walking up the stairs)
  • Psychological distress
  • Pain or discomfort in your chest (angina)
  • Sleep disruption or insomnia

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If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these symptoms, please visit your doctor and ask for advice.
If you don’t have any symptoms mentioned above but you are still concerned about having atrial fibrillation, please discuss this with your doctor.