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The heart has four chambers.
The heart has four chambers: two atria and two ventricles. After the body has received the oxygen delivered in the blood, the now oxygen-poor blood travels to the right atrium and is then pumped into the right ventricle. The right ventricle pumps the oxygen-poor blood into the lungs where the blood picks up more oxygen. The left atrium receives this oxygen-rich blood from the lungs and pumps it into the left ventricle. The left ventricle pumps the oxygen-rich blood to the body.
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).
AFib is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. There are two types of AFib: one caused by a heart valve problem, and one that is not. The majority of AFib is not caused by a heart valve problem and affects approximately 5.8 million people in the U.S.
AFib is one of the most common risk factors for stroke.
15% of strokes are due to AFib not caused by a heart valve problem.
AFib can only be diagnosed with a stethoscope.
AFib can be diagnosed by reviewing medical and family histories, completing a physical exam, and conducting diagnostic tests and procedures. An example of a test is an electrocardiogram (also called an EKG). An EKG is a simple, painless test that records the heart’s electrical activity. It shows how fast your heart is beating and its rhythm (steady or irregular).
Strokes caused by AFib are less severe and are less likely to be fatal than strokes not related to AFib.
Strokes caused by AFib are more severe and more likely to be fatal compared to strokes not associated with AFib.
A stroke can occur when a blood vessel feeding the brain is blocked.
If an artery or blood vessel feeding the brain is blocked by a clot, interrupting blood flow to the brain, a stroke can occur.
On average, the healthy heart beats approximately 60 to 100 times a minute.
A healthy human heart rate is 60 to 100 beats a minute. With AFib, it may beat anywhere from 100 to 175 times per minute!
Three possible ways to tell if someone is having a stroke are by sudden changes in the way their face and arm work and how they speak.
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke — Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1. Other symptoms that occur suddenly include confusion, trouble seeing with one or both eyes, leg weakness, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and severe headache.
People with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem are less likely to suffer from stroke.
People with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem are at a five times greater risk of stroke.
People with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem are not at an increased risk of stroke if they have no symptoms.
People with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem are at an increased risk of stroke, even if they have no symptoms. If someone has AFib not caused by a heart valve problem, it is important for them to work with their doctor to discuss treatment options that can help reduce the risk of stroke.
The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider.
All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.
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