Atrial fibrillation (AFib)

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a type of abnormal heart rhythm which can increase the chance of blood clots, stroke or heart attack. During atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat irregularly and (usually) fast – causing them to quiver instead of beating normally. This results in the blood not being pumped around the body as efficiently.

Women tend to develop Afib at an older age compared to men. Women on average, are four years older than men when they develop atrial fibrillation.

Blood pressure is the most common risk factor for Afib in women outside of age. Compared to men, there is a higher risk of death in women after they develop Afib.

Some people may only experience AFib once, however for others, it may come and go or be permanent. The most common causes of AFib include high blood pressure, abnormal heart valves, overactive thyroid and blocked arteries. Palpitations, chest pain, feeling weak, dizzy or fatigued are all symptoms of AFib.

If you have experienced these symptoms, please see your health professional.

 

For more information on Atrial Fibrillation, check out these online resources:

If you or anyone you know is diagnosed with AFib and is seeking support, you may find these Facebook groups helpful:

Atrial Fibrillation Information Exchange

A private Facebook group that is a centralized international forum for sharing news, information, and personal experiences about atrial fibrillation and related supraventricular tachyarrhythmias (SVTs), ectopic beats (PACs and PVCs), and related conditions.

Atrial Fibrillation Australia

A closed Facebook discussion and support group for Australians diagnosed with AFib.

 

 

Atrial Fibrillation Support

A private Facebook group where people can get and offer support to fellow AFbib-diagnosed members.

Atrial Fibrillation Support Forum

A public discussion group where members can share experiences and breaking AFib news to support each other and create awareness about AFib.

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