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Atrial fibrillation

By Mark DeVries

Fibrillation of the Heart
English 101
Pat Moran

Atrial fibrillation is affecting millions of Americans today. This condition is of great concern, because most Americans afflicted with this disease don’t know they have it. This is a condition of heart disease called atrial fibrillation. The Mayo Clinic (2012) defines it as “an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body”. This condition is where the four parts of the heart don’t work in rhythm. The upper two chambers basically miss fire, causing an abnormal beat or missed beat. This can lead to a blood clot forming in the top of the heart, greatly increasing the chances of a stroke. The heart is controlled by electrical impulses from the brain; which regulates the way your heart works. While in atrial fibrillation also known as AFIB. This condition of the heart causes a lack of oxygen and nutrients to travel to the extremities of the body. The symptoms can be common or uncommon, along with risk factors that contribute to the disease. Thankfully with the advancement in medicines, treatment today is very possible and effective. AFIB is becoming more prevalent in Americans today; although it’s a serious disease with a high mortality rate, with today’s medicines and treatments this condition can be found and controlled. Generally most people don’t even notice that they have a problem with AFIB; however there are a few people who can actually feel the irregularities of the heartbeat. These irregularities are called palpitations, an uneven, uncomfortable flopping of the heart. (Mayo Clinic 2013). They sometimes lower blood pressure, along with several other symptoms like weakness, lightheadedness, confusion, shortness of breath and chest pains. This is the more chronic type of AFIB, with constant…...

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