September is AFib Awareness Month


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September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial Fibrillations, also known as AFib is an irregular heartbeat with a rapid heart rate. This condition puts those with AFib at risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.


According to the Mayo Clinic website article on AFib:

“During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms often include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness.


Episodes of atrial fibrillation can come and go, or you may develop atrial fibrillation that doesn't go away and may require treatment. Although atrial fibrillation itself usually isn't life-threatening, it is a serious medical condition that sometimes requires emergency treatment.”[1]



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Livesneedsaving.org shares facts for AFib Awareness Month[2]:


· AFib is a leading risk factor for stroke.

· AFib is more common in people over age 60.

· AFib is often asymptomatic, making it difficult for people to know that they have it.

· AFib can be successfully managed with the help of a healthcare professional.

· Knowing about and properly managing your AFib can prevent you from having stroke.

· Up to 80 percent of strokes in people with AFib can be prevented.



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What are the risk factors of AFib? StopAfib.org shares the risk factors can be as numerous as the causes[3]. Some risk factors include people with:


· Existing heart conditions

· Diabetes

· High Blood Pressure

· Asthma or Chronic Lung Disease


Be aware though that healthy people can also be at risk for AFib. The risk of AFib increases with age. Some medical professionals list weight as a risk factor too. StopAfib.org shares a story of a woman whose medical professional stated weight as the cause for her AFib yet, after drastic measures and weight loss. Her AFib came back with the onset of a sinus infection.


If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with AFib, as with any health condition, awareness and advocacy are key to living the best life possible. People with atrial fibrillations need to be aware of their condition. They also need family, friends and caregivers who are willing to advocate for them when necessary. As caregivers, we can help our loved ones with AFib by:


· Simply being there for them

· Knowing the risk factors of AFib

· Understanding the signs of stroke and when medical emergency assistance is needed

These are just a few small ways, we can support our loved ones with AFib.


To learn more about AFib watch the videos at StopAfib.org.


REFERENCES:

Reference: Atrial Fibrillation

Accessed at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atrial-fibrillation/symptoms-causes/syc-20350624

Accessed on: September 7, 2018.

Reference: What causes atrial fibrillation

Accessed at: https://www.stopafib.org/causes.cfm

Accessed on: September 7, 2018.

Reference Photo One: AFib Awareness Graphic

Graphic Used with Permission from StopAfib.org. Permission to use graphic DOES NOT imply endorsement of Cardinal Institute for Health Careers by StopAfib.org

Accessed on September 7, 2018.

Reference Photo Two: Stop AFib logo

Accessed at: http://www.livesneedsaving.org/blog/did-you-know-afib-is-a-leading-risk-factor-for-stroke-sept-is-atrial-fibrillation-awareness-month/

Accessed on September 7, 2018.

Reference Photo Three: Stop AFib Infographic

Graphic Used with Permission from StopAfib.org. Permission to use graphic DOES NOT imply endorsement of Cardinal Institute for Health Careers by StopAfib.org

Accessed on September 7, 2018.

Reference: Video Link

Accessed at: https://www.stopafib.org/video.cfm

Accessed on September 7, 2018.


Disclaimer: All information, content, and material of the Cardinal Institute for Health Career’s blog is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.

[1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atrial-fibrillation/symptoms-causes/syc-20350624


[2] http://www.livesneedsaving.org/blog/did-you-know-afib-is-a-leading-risk-factor-for-stroke-sept-is-atrial-fibrillation-awareness-month/


[3] https://www.stopafib.org/causes.cfm

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