According to the American Heart Association, Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. The top chambers in the heart actually quiver due to abnormal firing of electrical impulses. AFib is a serious medical condition that can increase risk of stroke.
A person with AFib may have no symptoms at all or may experience:
- General fatigue
- Rapid, irregular heartbeat
- Thumping in the chest
- Shortness of breath and anxiety
- Faintness, confusion
- Fatigue when exercising
- Chest pain, pressure
There are treatment options including medications, non-surgical procedures and surgical procedures. In September 2013, Huntsville Hospital became the first site in Alabama for a successful Convergent Ablation Procedure to correct a patient with permanent AFib.
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of AFib, please consider visiting with a cardiologist at Huntsville Hospital’s Heart Center.