Atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat, is a lesser-known but common heart condition which impacts 3.1 million Americans. A growing problem, the prevalence of AFib is expected to more than double by the year 2050.
While some AFib patients have no symptoms at all, others experience symptoms ranging from a flopping (like a fish), fluttering (like a butterfly) or pounding (like a jackhammer) feeling in the chest. Other symptoms of AFib include chest pain or pressure; feeling out of breath, weakness or tiredness; dizziness, sweating and lightheadedness.
AFib is a serious disease with serious consequences that can impact a person’s daily life. The good news is that medical management and lifestyle changes can help patients live a more full life, despite having AFib.