Atrial fibrillation: What you need to know

An arrhythmia is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat and the most common type of heart arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation (AFib).

AFib patients experience irregular beating of the upper chambers of the heart (atria) and blood doesn't flow as well as it should from the upper chambers to the lower. (Click here to see if you are at risk for AFib)

Statistics of AFib:
"¢ Affects more than 5 million Americans
"¢ Risk increases with age-median age, 66.8 years old for men, 74.6 years old for women
"¢ 35 percent experience stroke (AFib-related strokes are 3-times more fatal within 30 days)
"¢ Responsible for 88,000 deaths each year
"¢ Sign of many forms of health disease

Symptoms include:
"¢ Heart palpitations
"¢ Shortness of breath
"¢ Unexplained fatigue
"¢ Dizziness
"¢ Weakness

Just how at risk for AFib are you? Find out by clicking here. (Source: Heart Rhythm Society)

Read about McLaren cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. M. Cameron Willoughby's fluoroless (radiation-free) ablations to treat arrhythmias, the only physician in the state to perform a procedure of this kind.

Make an appointment with the McLaren Heart Rhythm Treatment Center by calling (586) 466-4810.