Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is an irregular, weak heartbeat that increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. When your heartbeat isn't strong and steady, blood can collect or pool in the upper chambers of the heart. Clots can then form and travel to the brain, the legs and other areas. In the brain, clots can block blood flow and cause a stroke.
Some people who have AFib don’t know they have it and don’t have symptoms. Others may experience:
AFib increases a person’s risk for stroke by up to five times compared to people who do not have AFib. So if you are experiencing symptoms, talk to a Mercy primary care doctor or heart specialist. Through our network of heart specialists and services, we can provide you with all the care you need – to live life to its fullest with a strong, healthy heart.