Atrial fibrillation or, for short, AFib occurs when the heart beats irregularly, too fast or too slow. This can happen in episodes or can be a permanent condition. Because the upper chambers of the heart do not beat normally, often blood does not flow as efficiently to the lower chambers. What symptoms result from this?
While many with AFib do experience one or more of these symptoms, others experience no symptoms at all. Hence, they may not even know they have this condition. That leads to the question: Who is at risk?
While it is not usually life-threatening in itself, it can cause blood clots. These clots can break off and travel to the brain. When these block an artery or blood vessel and blood flow to the brain is interrupted, a stroke is the result. The bad news is that a person with AFib is five times more likely to have a stroke !
On the other hand, treatment prevents 60 to 80% of AFib-related strokes. Needless to say, diagnosis and, more importantly, treatment after diagnosis are the keys. What kinds of treatments might your doctor suggest if you are found to have atrial fibrillation?
In the end, anyone can fall victim to atrial fibrillation. Studies show that many people who are at risk are not getting the preventative treatments that they need. So through education and the raising of awareness , more people can be diagnosed and treated before a devastating health crisis arises.
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are beginning for many families, and the rush is on to find that perfect gift. Whether you’ve gotten all of the presents long ago, or you are still in the “research” phase, it’s a good idea to have safety a priority in addition to fun.
Getting presents for kids can be really easy, or quite tricky. You have to think about age appropriateness, trends, components, to name a few considerations. Not sure what to do? It’s okay, here are few tips.
How would you answer? When is flu season? You might have heard that it begins in December and often lasts through February. While that’s generally true, it’s also true that the beginning and end of the season are unpredictable. In fact, sometimes it can begin in the fall and continue through spring.No matter the time of year, though, no one wants to end up with the flu. Coughing, chills, body ache and fever really don’t sound pleasant, do they? So what can you do to make sure that you’re spared for one more season? Get vaccinated.
Did you know that November is Bladder Health Month ?
Bladder health isn’t something that’s talked about openly or often. Yet, it’s very important. The ultimate goal of Bladder Health Month is to help people speak more openly about it, improve their overall bladder health and raise bladder cancer awareness.
When we think about bladder health it raises the question: What important things do you need to know on this subject of bladder health? Two issues that you should be aware of are first, urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder (OAB), and what are worrisome symptoms that I should talk to my doctor about.