Atrial fibrillation (AF), not to be confused with atrial flutter, is the term used to describe an irregular or abnormal heart rate.1 While AF and atrial flutter are similar,2 AF has more serious health implications such as an increased risk of having a stroke or a blood clot (thrombosis).
The resting heart rate of someone without AF is usually between 60 and 100 beats per minute1 but this number is usually over 100 beats per minute in AF.
It is usually the result of an underlying condition such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or having an overactive thyroid3 but may develop for no known reason. In this circumstance, the person is said to have ‘lone atrial fibrillation’.3 AF can affect people at any age but is rare in children and is more common in the elderly population.
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Being diagnosed with one or more of these conditions, or caring for someone who has been, can be a very stressful time. Luckily there are many support groups that can help you with any difficulties you are facing. We have collected some of them here and separated them into locations.
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