According to the American Heart Association, atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications.
When someone has AFib, their heartbeat is irregular. The upper chambers of the heart are out of sync with the lower chambers. Irregularities in the rhythm of the heart can increase the risk for complications such as stroke or heart failure.
AFib is a condition where the symptoms can vary. Here are a few AFib symptoms to watch for:
• Reduced ability to exercise
• Chest pain or discomfort
Living with AFib poses challenges that can affect several aspects of a person’s health. However, there are lifestyle changes that can be applied to help improve the quality of life.
• Quit smoking
• Limit alcohol consumption
• Eat a heart-healthy diet
• Limit caffeine
• Managing stress
People can live long, healthy and active lives with the right treatment and lifestyle changes. Taking an active role eating a heart-healthy diet, taking a walk, lose a few pounds, and maybe join a support group can provide a feeling of control as well as feeling better.