Dr. Deem of Christie Clinic is making his rounds to the studio to discuss atrial fibrillation. or irregular heartbeat.
Atrial Fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating. The risk increases as you get older, especially over the age of 70.
Often it starts as brief periods of abnormal beating which become longer and possibly constant over time. There is a much higher risk of heart disease and it is suggested that one does not smoke or drink if you notice an irregular heartbeat.
Most episodes have no symptoms. Occasionally there may be heart palpitations, fainting, shortness of breath, or chest pain. If you suffer any of these symptoms, it is suggested to schedule an EKG to have a closer look.
The disease is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, dementia, and stroke. It is a type of supra ventricular tachycardia