The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases as we age, so be on notice, you Baby Boomers. It’s the most common heart rhythm condition, and it’s also the most common heart-related reason for hospital admission. And as shown in this 90-second Heart and Stroke Foundation film (featuring Toronto’s former Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart), we should all know more about this heart rhythm condition, which can triple our risk of stroke.
Some people diagnosed with A-fib may feel absolutely nothing, while others experience a range of symptoms (such as the oft-heard complaint: “I feel like there’s a fish flopping around in my chest!”).
A-fib symptoms may include:
- Irregular and fast heartbeat
- Heart palpitations or a rapid thumping in the chest
- Chest discomfort, chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath, particularly with exertion or anxiety
- Dizziness, sweating or nausea
- Light-headedness or fainting
For more on atrial fibrillation, visit cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. John Mandrola‘s helpful website.
Q: Have you or somebody you know been diagnosed with A-fib?