National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial Fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, is the most common arrhythmia. It affects more than 2.5 million American adults and 4.5 million people living in the European Union, and accounts for approximately one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbances.
Atrial Fibrillation is characterized by a rapid and irregular heartbeat caused when the top chambers of the heart (the atria) quiver (fibrillate) erratically, sometimes faster than 200 times per minute. The condition can have a significant negative impact on an individual's quality of life, causing heart palpitations, chronic fatigue, debilitating pain and can increase the risk of stroke fivefold.
National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month Sponsor: American Foundation for Women's Health
To learn more, visit http://www.stopafib.org