Understanding NVAF

Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) occurs when the electrical activity in your heart is disorganized and disrupts its normal, coordinated response. The most common symptoms and warning signs of Atrial Fibrillation are:

  • Rapid and irregular heart rate
  • Palpitations or a sensation that your heart is skipping, fluttering, or pounding
  • Feeling light-headed, dizzy, or faint
  • Feeling tired or unable to complete normal daily activities
  • Shortness of breath and anxiety
  • Chest pain or a tightness or discomfort in the chest
  • A sensation of not feeling right
  • General fatigue or fatigue when exercising
  • Fainting or confusion
  • Weakness
  • Sweating

NVAF can lead to stroke when blood does not properly pump out of the heart. When pools form in the heart clots can often form. When one of the clots moves to block your arteries or vessels and prevents blood flow to brain, it causes your brain cells to die.

There are a number of Risks Factors for Stroke in Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation Patients such as:

  • Previous stroke or heart attack
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Previous thromboembolism
  • Over 65 years old
  • Hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure)
  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Vascular disease
  • Acute infections
  • Coronary or peripheral artery disease
  • And other lifestyle factors such as stress, excessive alcohol intake and stimulating drugs (like caffeine)

If you are experiencing FIB or other symptoms you should contact your primary physician immediately. If you are experience symptoms with chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, fainting or any signs of a stroke you should call 911.

Remember to ask yourself and your patients, “GOT FIB?”

Don’t Fib Yourself When It Comes To NVAF, This Could Kill You!