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Irregular or abnormal heart beats, called arrhythmias, occur when there are abnormal electrical impulses in your heart, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly. Arrhythmias are very common and are often a mere annoyance, but they can also be responsible for life-threatening medical emergencies.
The most common irregular heart rhythm is called atrial fibrillation (AF or Afib) and involves the two upper chambers (atria) of the heart. Over 2 million Americans are affected by Afib, which is responsible for 15% of all strokes.
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the arrhythmia. Treatment options may include medications, lifestyle changes, invasive procedures, electrical devices or surgery. In some cases, no treatment will be necessary.
Take this opportunity to learn more about atrial fibrillation, including diagnosis and treatments, and have your questions answered by Walid Saliba, MD, Oussama Wazni, MD, and David Van Wagoner, PhD from the Cleveland Clinic, and Mellanie True Hills, Founder and CEO of StopAfib.org.
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