6 Common Atrial Fibrillation Myths — Busted!

6 Common Atrial Fibrillation Myths — Busted!

July 28, 2020

From Cleveland Clinic

Butterflies in the stomach can signal excitement or nervousness, but fluttering in the chest can signal a short circuit in the heart’s natural electrical wiring called arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation (Afib), the most common arrhythmia, is an off-speed rhythm in the heart’s upper chambers.

Afib may be linked to conditions such as high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, heart failure, chronic lung disease or just part of the aging process, among others. But in 10% of cases, Afib isn’t associated with any other disease.

Afib can cause heart palpitations, dizziness, fatigue, chest discomfort and shortness of breath. However, up to 30% of Afib episodes cause no symptoms at all. Electrophysiologist Walid Saliba, MD, addresses some common myths about Afib.

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