Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF) is an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia that can put you at a greater risk for blood clots, stroke, or heart failure. AFib can sometimes feel like your heart skips beats, or cause nausea and lightheadedness. However, many people experience no symptoms at all, which is why it is important to have regular checkups with your doctor.
During AFib, the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) quiver and beat irregularly, and can reduce your heart’s ability to effectively move blood through the rest of your heart and blood vessels. While only a third of the patients with AFib experience serious symptoms, your risk of blood clots and stroke is significantly increased. Factors that can make you at increased risk of Atrial Fibrillation include:
The experienced physicians at Carolina Cardiology Associates are committed to the health of every patient who walks through our doors. We understand the challenges of cardiovascular disease and will work with you to provide treatment, education, and a plan for the future to help you live your healthiest life.