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.
Each year in the United States, more than 44,000 people take their own lives . That’s an average of 121 suicides per day. It’s estimated that for every one reported, 12 more people engage in self-harm, whether intentional suicide attempts or not.
With rates on a steady incline, it’s past time for action. Each and every one of us needs to have a part in supporting those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. In order to be of any help, though, we need to be able to recognize the signs of a person on the brink. What should you look for and how can you help?
It's estimated that one in five high school athletes will suffer a concussion during sports season. Younger athletes have the highest rate of concussions. While more perceived contact sports like football are thought to be the highest risk for a potential concussion, all sports carry a similar risk and demand similar precaution and treatment. As a parent, your first instinct might be to ban your child from playing sports altogether. But is that really necessary? No. Why do we say this?For one thing, if you encourage your child to play safely and receive training in head injury prevention, you can minimize risk. And if your child does happen to suffer from a concussion, there are steps you can take to ensure that they heal as quickly and as completely as possible.