Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month was founded by the Heart Rhythm Society to educate people about the disease. Often, it is awareness of atrial fibrillation that saves people’s lives, since the information received motivates them to consult a doctor and undergo an examination. Atrial fibrillation is a serious condition that is accompanied by an irregular heartbeat. It can become life threatening. Millions of Americans are not even aware they are sick, so during Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, people are told about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment methods.
According to statistics, atrial fibrillation or AFib is the most common heart disease. Most patients have mild symptoms, but some have life-threatening signs of the disease, in which case the disease is chronic. Pathology occurs when the upper and lower heart chambers contract out of sync. As a result, the heart rate becomes slow or irregular.
For each patient, doctors select an individual treatment regimen depending on several factors – the duration of atrial fibrillation, as well as the frequency of symptoms. Antiarrhythmic drugs can work wonders, so the prognosis for most patients is positive. In addition, blood thinners are prescribed. Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month is also held to educate the public on how to help and support people with atrial fibrillation.
- Characteristic signs of the disease are shortness of breath, fatigue, rapid or slow heartbeat, and weakness.
- Atrial fibrillation is accompanied by other serious illnesses, such as blood clots or heart failure.
- The disease can provoke a cerebral stroke, when blood clots block the flow of blood to the brain.
- The goal of treatment is to restore a normal heart rhythm to prevent the possibility of a stroke.
- The heart is a unique human organ. It is can beat after being detached from the body.
- The earliest case of diagnosing a heart disease is an Egyptian mummy 3,5 years old.
- Heart cancer is rarely diagnosed because the cells of this organ do not divide.
How to Join Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
Find out as much information about atrial fibrillation as possible and share it with more people – relatives, friends, colleagues, on social networks. Organize educational events or participate in events hosted by the Heart Rhythm Society. Visit your family doctor and get tested.
When is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month celebrated in 2023?
Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month is observed on September 1 each year.