Heart Health

A-Fib Awareness

Atrial fibrillation, also called a-fib, is an irregular heart rhythm and is a major cause of strokes. Having a-fib increases your stroke risk by 500 percent. In addition, a-fib can lead to heart failure, dementia, and even Alzheimer's disease.

This month, in honor of Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month we spoke with Tri-County Heart Institute’s cardiologist, Dr. Nitza Alvarez, to find out how doctors detect a-fib in their patients.



A-Fib Experience

Atrial fibrillation otherwise known as A-Fib is a medical disorder that affects the upper chambers, of the heart.

People with A-Fib experience irregular heartbeats caused by abnormal electrical signals in which different areas of your heart beat too quickly, too slowly, or in an uneven rhythm.

Although many A-Fib triggers are common, each person’s experience is unique.

Being aware of your condition and the situations that can provoke an episode play a large role in helping you control A-Fib.

We spoke with one patient at the Tri-County Heart Institute who shared her personal experience with A-fib.