September’s health awareness month focus is on Atrial Fibrillation. Atrial Fibrillation (also known as AFib, AF) is a common type of heart arrhythmia. AFib is when the heart beats too slowly, too fast, or irregularly due to blood not flowing as it normally should through the atria to the lower heart chambers.
Facts about AFib/AF:
According to the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
The medical costs of treating AFib/AF is expensive compared to those that do not have the heart condition. Treatment includes medication, surgery, and healthy lifestyle changes.
The Center for Disease Control provides the Atrial Fibrillation Fact Sheet with information on symptoms, factors, costs and consequences, and treatment.
Another resource is stopafib.org provides information and answers to AFib patients’ questions.
1. CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: Atrial Fibrillation Fact Sheet