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Atrial Fibrillation

If left untreated, AFib can cause blood clots and lead to stroke and heart failure.

AFib affects more than 3 million people in the United States.

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Has your heart ever (PAUSE) ... skipped a beat?

If so, you might have atrial fibrillation--or AFib.

AFib affects more than three million people in the U.S.

It occurs when the electrical signals in your heart short out. This results in a chaotic, rapid heart rate.

If you've experienced this, you might have felt palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fatigue.

But not everyone with AFib notices these symptoms.

If untreated, AFib can lead to blood clots, stroke and heart failure.

But you can get healthier by eating right, exercising, taking your medications, and quitting tobacco.

A simple ECG or stress test can help identify a life threatening condition.

So if you think you have AFib, talk to your doctor. And be CardioSmart.


Bob's Story: Atrial Fibrillation

Learn how Bob Ek and his cardiologist, Scott J. Pollak, MD, FACC, work as a team to manage Bob’s atrial fibrillation.

Kathy Webster is CardioSmart

Kathy Webster was born with a heart defect that contributed to her developing atrial fibrillation. After two open heart surgeries, Kathy is dedicated to living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Marcus McCleery is CardioSmart

An AFib patient, Marcus lost a considerable amount of weight through diet and exercise. He maintains his heart-healthy ways and passes them on to fellow heart patients through volunteer work.

Fatty Acids May Help Prevent Recurrence of Atrial Fibrillation

N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish and fish oils help control AFib.