Atrial Fibrillation – Who’s at risk?

Atrial Fibrillation – Who’s at risk?

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Atrial Fibrillation – Who’s at risk?

Who’s at Risk?

Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting around 1 million people in the UK.

It can affect adults of any age, but it’s more common in older people. It affects about 7 in 100 people aged over 65. More men than women have atrial fibrillation. 

Atrial fibrillation is more likely to occur in people with other conditions, such as high blood pressure (hypertension)atherosclerosis or a heart valve problem.

Let’s start with the bad news, Atrial fibrillation can be extremely uncomfortable and often requires treatment. The good news? Atrial fibrillation is not usually life threatening, and there are many treatments out there

Some tell tale signs are palpitations of the heart. Some people say that this feels like their heart is pounding, fluttering or beating in an irregular way. Interestingly some people only experience this for a few seconds, others can go on for as long as a few minutes. Some patients with atrial fibrillation do not experience any of these symptoms and therefore are totally unaware that they have an irregular heart rate.