Atrial fibrillation is a common heart condition that causes an irregular heart rate or rhythm. A normal resting heart rate should be regular and between 60 and 100 beats a minute. The irregular beating of your heart can feel like palpitations. You may also feel tired or short of breath, dizzy, or faint. It is also possible for an atrial fibrillation to occur without you yourself experiencing any noticeable symptoms.
Treatments for atrial fibrillation
If it is suspected that you have an atrial fibrillation you will need to have an ECG and also potentially an echo and blood tests. If the results of the tests show that you do have this condition, treatment options include:
- Taking medicines to reduce the risk of a stroke and to control the atrial fibrillation
- Cardioversion (electric shock treatment)
- Catheter ablation
- Having a pacemaker fitted
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