Atrial Fibrillation is a chaotic, abnormal rhythm coming from the top chamber of your heart. In most cases the top chamber of your heart is going 350-400 beats/minute. The bottom chamber heart beat , or the heart beat you feel, does not go that fast because of normal a failsafe in your heart that slows the top chamber beats.
Atrial fibrillation can lead to strokes, heart failure, and even a higher chance of death.
Anywhere from 2-6 millions Americans have Atrial fibrillation and this is projected to double by 2050. The chance of you having Atrial fibrillation goes up as you get older and is relatively rare in younger patients.
Atrial fibrillation may be related to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, valve problems in the heart, inflammation of the heart, sleep apnea, and thyroid problems.
Is atrial flutter the same as atrial fibrillation ?
They are two different abnormal rhythms. Atrial flutter is a circuit that comes either from the left or right side of your heart and in most cases would require an ablation as a definitive therapy.