What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?
AFib is the most frequent form of heart rhythm disorder, it can lead to heart failure and it is a major risk for stroke. Normally, when your heart contracts it regularly and completely drains the blood, but when it contracts irregularly, some blood can stagnate, which can lead to blood clot and strokes.
What are the main risk factors?
AFib is a frequent condition as populations are getting older. High blood pressure and obesity can also lead to AFib.
What are the symptoms of AFib?
Some people who have AFib don't know they have it and don't have any symptoms. Others may experience one or more of the following symptoms: irregular heartbeat, palpitations, shortness of breath.
Is there any correlation between blood pressure and AFib?
A strong link has been established between high blood pressure and AFib. Accordingly to European Society of Cardiology, hypertension predisposes to cardiac arrhythmias, including ventricular arrhythmias, but most commonly atrial fibrillation (AFib), which should be considered a manifestation of hypertensive heart disease. Even high blood pressure is associated with incident AFib, and hypertension is the most prevalent concomitant in AFib patients.