Feeling more tired than usual? Think your heart is racing? Don’t ignore the signs – it’s time to see a doctor.
Who’s at Risk?
Significant racial and ethnic differences exist when it comes to the rates of atrial fibrillation (AFib). This is important for many reasons, including the fact that someone with AFib is 5 times more likely to have a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat
About Atrial Fibrillation
In AFib, the upper chambers of the heart (atria) beat rapidly and irregularly (fibrillate). This can cause blood to pool and form clots in an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage. When a blood clot escapes from the LAA and travels to another part of the body, it can cause a stroke.
How to Get Diagnosed
Check your risk. Seeing a doctor can save you precious time and money in the long run, since the sooner
you catch a possible problem and start treating it, the better off you are.
Manage Your Risk Factors
You may be at an increased risk for certain disease states due to your race, ethnicity and gender – but these factors shouldn’t stand in the way of receiving appropriate care. You can help protect your and your family’s health and lower your risks with simple lifestyle changes.
Treatment options may be different depending on the kind of AFib you have. Blood thinners are an effective way to lower the risk of stroke in people with AFib not caused by heart valve problems. For people who need an alternative to blood thinners, there are procedures to keep blood clots from forming.
Resources & Support
Boston Scientific talked to patients around the country to find out what resources would be most helpful and designed this resource page with your needs in mind.
- Learn about health conditions and treatments
- Find a doctor near you
- Review questions to ask your doctor
- Get reliable rides to your appointment
- Understand common medical terms
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2 Bai, C et al. (2018). Sex differences in Atrial Fibrillation – Update on Risk Assessment, Treatment, and Long-Term Risk. Curr Treat Options Cardio Med (2018) 20: 79. DOI: 10.1007/s11936-018-0682-3.