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:

American Heart Association’s My AFib Experience is a webpage for AFib patients seeking support. You can join their online community by signing up.

The American site of the Atrial Fibrillation Association, a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on raising awareness of atrial fibrillation (AFib). is part of the American Foundation for Women’s Health, created to provide patient-driven information and support to people with AFib.

The UK site of the AF Association, which provides information and support on AFib to patients in the UK.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s information page on Atrial Fibrillation.

Croí is a dedicated heart disease and stroke center in the west of Ireland, which aims to reduce the impact of heart disease & stroke on families in West Ireland.

The Heart Foundation’s information page on Atrial Fibrillation, containing details on diagnosis, treatment, and related stories from people with the condition.

Hearts 4 Heart is a not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support to people with AFib.

Official website of the Atrial Fibrillation Research group of Dr. Michiel Rienstra, MD, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Isabelle C. Van Gelder, MD, PhD from University of Groningen’s University Medical Center Groningen in The Netherlands.

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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