Got FIB? Fast, Irregular Beats?
If you experience FAST, IRREGULAR heartBEATS (FIB) it can be a warning sign that you need to seek immediate medical treatment. Early detection and treatment is critical for helping prevent your chance of experiencing a stroke.
One of the types of atrial fibrillation (AF), known as nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), is the most common arrhythmia in adults. It is important that you, your family members, friends, and caregivers know these warning signs and seek early treatment.
NVAF occurs when the electrical activity in your heart is disorganized and disrupts its normal, coordinated response. The heart has a number of special cells that send electrical signals to control your heart rate. When the electrical signals go haywire and disrupt the beat it causes the top two chambers of the heart (atria) to quiver (fibrillate) in a very fast and irregular manner. The atria then disturb the heart’s main pumping chambers (ventricles) and cause your pulse to become irregular. This can cause blood to pool in the chambers of your heart which could lead to a blood clot. These blood clots have the potential to travel from your heart to the brain and cause a stroke. The term “nonvalvular” means that the condition is not due to a faulty or abnormal heart valve.
This website was created to help you recognize the warning signs, symptoms, risk factors, treatment options and ways to manage the condition.
Remember to ask yourself, “GOT FIB?”
Click here to read an article that helps explain what non-valvular atrial fibrillation is and learn what strategies you can use to manage your condition.
If you are a provider, click here to read an article on how to help your patients better understand NVAF and set them up for success.