Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, occurring when the two top chambers of the heart (atria) beat out of rhythm with the two lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles). If left untreated, this type of rapid, chaotic heartbeat can stretch and weaken the heart muscle. Atrial fibrillation also may restrict blood flow to other parts of the body, increasing the risk for strokes, heart attacks, and heart disease. Although it is a serious medical condition, most people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation can lead healthy, active lives. Treatments may include a combination of lifestyle changes and medication, and in some cases surgery or a pacemaker may be required.
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Understand the risk factors and symptoms of heart arrhythmias, and when it is important for you to see a doctor.
Arrhythmia Risk Factors, Symptoms, & Treatments
If you've ever felt your heart skip a beat, you may have an arrhythmia. Tom McElderry, MD, an arrhythmia specialist at UAB, talks to Daytime Alabama on WVTM-TV, Channel 13, in Birmingham, Ala., about the symptoms and risk factors of arrhythmia, and what to do if you or a loved one experiences this condition.
Listed below are some conditions that may be related to or share some similarities with the condition addressed on this page.
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