AF Information & Advice For Patients

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance encountered by doctors.

It can affect adults of any age, but it is more common as people get older. In the over 65 year old age group, it affects about 10% of people. Atrial fibrillation is not a life-threatening heart rhythm problem, but it can be troublesome and often requires treatment.

Atrial fibrillation or AFib occurs when chaotic electrical activity develops in the upper chambers or atria, and completely takes over from the sinus node. As a result, the atria no longer beat in an organized way, and pump less efficiently. The AV node will stop some of these very rapid impulses from traveling to the ventricles, but the ventricles will still beat irregularly and possibly rapidly.


Why you need protection against AFib-related stroke if you have atrial fibrillation

Your heartbeat is the most fundamental rhythm in your life, signaling the regular pumping of your heart as it propels blood carrying oxygen and nutrients to the rest of your body. We take the regular beating completely for granted, never giving it a second thought until the elegant control process goes wrong, when the consequences can be the devastating disability, loss of independence and even death caused by AFib-related stroke.
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AFib Related Strokes 

Brenda and Ian share their experiences of life after suffering from an AFib-related stroke, something which could have been prevented with proper treatment.

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AFib Patient Patnership

Alan is one of many patients with AFib who are not always able to attend regular appoinments, and so their care planning needs rethinking.

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AFib Patient Centered Care

Philip's doctor suspected he was suffering with atrial fibrillation and referred him quickly to the nearest hospital.

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VIDEO: Eileen shares her experiences with AFib and the impact of AFib-related stroke on her Mom

Hear Bob’s experiences of having undetected AFib, and learn why ‘Knowing Your Pulse’ is so important.

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