Atrial Fibrillation: could you be living better?


Atrial Fibrillation Increases the Risk of Stroke 7 Times

 

Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

      an irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of stroke and severe heart disease

      may happen rarely or every now and then (paroxysmal), or it may become an ongoing (persistent) or long-term (permanent) heart problem that lasts for years

      lifetime risk for men and women over age 40 is 1 in 4

      with aging population and increased screening, prevalence is increasing and is higher in Asia

      most common and most costly rhythm disorder

      more common in the elderly and people with heart disease

      In 2050, projected AF population of Asia will reach 72 mil (17.1 mil in Europe and 15.9 mil in US)

 

Why AF Matters?

The most serious risk from AF is that it can lead to other medical problems, including:

      Stroke (30% total stroke each year)

      5.1 mil people suffered first-ever AF-related stroke each year

      Intracranial hemorrhage two times higher in Asians

      Heart failure

      Chronic fatigue

      Additional heart rhythm problems

      Inconsistent blood supply

      Impaired quality of life

 

Symptoms of AF

    fast and irregular heart rate

    fatigue

    light-headedness

    shortness of breath

 

How is Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosed?

ECG (EKG)

      Disposable ECG electrodes are attached to the body (extremities and chest) while the patient lies flat on a bed

      the test takes about two minutes and is painless

 

Echocardiogram

      a test uses ultrasound to evaluate your heart condition

      non-invasive, no radiation

      be able to assess the overall function of your heart

 

Exercise stress test

      walking on a treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty, while your heart rate is monitored

      can reveal problems that might not be noticeable otherwise

 

Holter monitor

      a portable device which records all his/her heartbeats for 24-hours

      worn under the clothing and records information about the electrical activity of the heart while the patient goes about his/her normal activities for one or two days

 

ALL cardiac diagnostic studies are interpreted by U.S. Board-Certified Cardiologist

 

 

If you have symptoms suggesting AF, contact our doctor to arrange the tests

 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

NOTE: AF can be silent with no symptoms

  

 

For appointment or enquiry, please call 68775093 (PuDong) or 52986339 (PuXi)

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