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Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common cause of irregular heartbeat in adults. If you experience heart palpitations, fatigue, lightheadedness, chest pain or shortness of breath, you could be one of an estimated six million people suffering from AFib.
While it may not sound serious on its own, AFib can lead to a blood clot, stroke, heart failure or other serious complications. Mercy Clinic cardiologist Dr. Eric Williams has six things to know about living life to the fullest with AFib:
Dr. Williams says people with AFib can live full, normal lives once they have their symptoms under control. It’s important to work with your physician on a customized treatment plan that will likely involve lifestyle modifications and medication.
Find out about atrial fibrillation risk factors, tests and treatment options. Download our guide.