May 30 2014, 4:05am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
The term for it is atrial fibrillation and it is a creepy disease that may result in a variety of symptoms and even stroke. AF, as it is normally called, occurs when your heart beats irregularly and the reason for it is simple.
The atria which are the upper two chambers of the heart start beating faster than the ventricles (which by the way are the lower chambers). Thus blood pools in the atria and this causes everything from rapid heartbeat to breathlessness not to mention pain in the chest region.
There may be weakness and dizziness due to problems having to do with proper blood circulation. And fatigue is a possible reaction as well. Like its cousin, hypertension or high blood pressure, this disease is a slow killer.
Atrial fibrillation symptoms include:
It almost creeps up on you and without any symptoms so that by the time you finally are able to identify it, it is too late. Therefore if you suffer from any of the symptoms, you ought to notify your physician who will take you through a battery of tests.
According to MedicineNet, there are many risk factors for developing atrial fibrillation. These risk factors are:
If you have the malady, than a mixture of care and cure is very necessary. Although there are few precautions you can take at home, you will have to take your medications regularly.
The first medicine that comes in handy is digitalis or Digoxin. It corrects the heartbeat. Of course, the real reason behind the irregular heartbeat is the mismatched electrical signals from the heart’s natural pacemaker.
Then you will have to control any high blood pressure by forswearing stimulants such as coffee and chocolate and taking Tenormin. Alcohol too will have to be given the “au revoir” signal since it is not good for this condition.
Ultimately, you will have to follow the same regimen as 2.2 million Americans who have the disease. It may be a little troublesome to take the medicine on a daily basis, but it is better than suffering the consequences.
Some other treatments of atrial fibrillation include:
Source: Science Daily
Source: St. Louis Business Journal
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