Navigation Links
Experts Point Out Signs of Dangerous Heart Rhythm
Date:9/28/2011

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- People who experience what feels like drums pounding in their chest, shortness of breath, chest pain and dizziness may suffer from the common but potentially dangerous heart arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation is an overly rapid, abnormal heartbeat that is more common with advancing age. The condition can cause blood to pool in the heart's upper chambers (atria) and increase the risk that the heart will "throw" a clot, potentially leading to stroke.

According to the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), more than 2 million Americans are already living with the condition, which increases the risk of stroke five-fold. And as the population ages, researchers project that number to surge over the next 40 years.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) can also adversely affect people's quality of life, resulting in chronic fatigue and debilitating pain.

"AF is the most common heart arrhythmia and, unfortunately, many people know very little about AF and just how serious it can be to someone's long-term health," HRS president Dr. Bruce Wilkoff said in a news release issued by the group. "The Heart Rhythm Society has developed some tools to help and encourage all Americans to learn more about AF by becoming aware of warning signs, risks and treatment options that could potentially save lives."

Warning signs of atrial fibrillation may include:

  • Feelings of pounding in your chest, like rumbling thunder, drums pounding or fish flopping.
  • Frequent palpitations (the feeling that your heart has skipped a beat)
  • Shortness of breath following physical exertion
  • Reduced capacity for exercise
  • Chest pain
  • Fainting spells or dizziness

Treatments for the condition can help control these symptoms and restore normal heart rhythm, preventing blood clots and stroke, the HRS said.

Some people may be more prone to atrial fibrillation than others. According to the HRS, the most common risk factors include:

  • Being older than 60 years of age
  • Having diabetes
  • Having other heart problems, such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure
  • Suffering from thyroid disease or chronic lung disease
  • Having sleep apnea
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or taking stimulants
  • Having a serious illness or infection

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on atrial fibrillation.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: The Heart Rhythm Society, news release, September 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Check Plastic Surgeons Credentials or Risk Tragic Results, Experts Warn
2. Experts Revise Guidelines for Whooping Cough Vaccination
3. Bone experts to present strategies for osteoporosis prevention and care in Dubai
4. Experts offer solutions at ACR Imaging Informatics Summit & Radiation Dose Monitoring Forum
5. Less Play Time = More Troubled Kids, Experts Say
6. Movement Disorders on YouTube Not What They Seem, Experts Warn
7. Health Experts Say HPV Vaccine Is Safe
8. Trauma experts criticize BBCs Holby City for peddling dangerous drugs
9. Cant Find Time to Exercise? Schedule It, Experts Say
10. Experts offer pointers for optimizing radiation dose in chest CT
11. Kids Need Enough Sleep to Succeed at School: Experts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Experts Point Out Signs of Dangerous Heart Rhythm
(Date:6/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... assistance and financial planning services to communities in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, ... to offer assistance to underprivileged youth in Chicago. , Founded in 1897, Hephzibah ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... ... Branches, Inc. has been partnering with The Miami Foundation for over 9 ... focused on providing opportunity to low-income families and breaking the cycle of generational poverty. ... to support its , Climb to College & Career initiative which focuses on postsecondary ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... June 22, 2017 , ... Children’s ... American Heart Association (AHA) to launch a Rheumatic Heart Disease Center, with the ... diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in high-risk, financially disadvantaged countries and low-income ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... A June 12 article in The Star ... apparent lack of oral hygiene by an aged parent who had recently suffered a ... a number of steps, including scheduling a dentist visit. Northridge Dental Works, a Los ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... ... announces recipients of its annual “UBBIE” Awards (pronounced you-bee) for 2017. The ... significant achievements toward their involvement with UBA, the clients they serve, and the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/14/2017)... HAMPTON, Va. , June 14, 2017  ivWatch ... safety and effectiveness of intravenous (IV) therapy, is pleased ... in the category of Nonsurgical Hospital Supplies and Equipment ... premier awards program for the medtech industry. The award ... at the Jacob K. Javits Center in ...
(Date:6/11/2017)... , June 10, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company ... from three Phase 3 studies of galcanezumab, an investigational ... including late-breaking data on several key secondary endpoints for ... results from these studies (EVOLVE-1, EVOLVE-2 and REGAIN) will ... annual scientific meeting in Boston . ...
(Date:6/8/2017)... 2017   Responding to Heath Ledger,s father,s ... of singer Chris Cornell in May, the mental ... a free online psychiatric drug side effects ... about psychotropic drug risks. The father of ... an accidental overdose, has called for tighter rules on prescription ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: