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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. A disorder in the heart’s electrical system causes AF and other types of arrhythmia. AF occurs when rapid, disorganized electrical signals in the heart’s two upper chambers, called the atria, cause them to contract very fast and irregularly (this is called fibrillation). As a result, blood pools in the atria and isn’t pumped completely into the heart’s two lower chambers, called the ventricles. When this happens, the heart’s upper and lower chambers don’t work together as they should. Often, people who have AF may not even feel symptoms. However, even when not noticed, AF can lead to an increased risk of stroke. In many patients, particularly when the rhythm is extremely rapid, AF can cause chest pain, heart attack, or heart failure. AF may occur rarely or every now and then, or it may become a persistent or permanent heart rhythm lasting for years.
Symposium explores interaction between age-related cardiovascular dysfunction and diseases

Symposium explores interaction between age-related cardiovascular dysfunction and diseases

Abnormalities in kidney function linked to higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Abnormalities in kidney function linked to higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Wireless remote monitoring: the future for patients with atrial fibrillation?

Wireless remote monitoring: the future for patients with atrial fibrillation?

Scientists develop way of producing 3D data to show cardiac conduction system in detail

Scientists develop way of producing 3D data to show cardiac conduction system in detail

Researchers develop new scoring method to predict bleeding risk after stroke

Researchers develop new scoring method to predict bleeding risk after stroke

Indefinite NHS England 'evaluation process' denies access to life-saving treatment for high risk patients

Indefinite NHS England 'evaluation process' denies access to life-saving treatment for high risk patients

University of Birmingham joins €19 million project to develop better treatments for heart disease

University of Birmingham joins €19 million project to develop better treatments for heart disease

GPs prescribing anticoagulants to AF patients against official safety advice, study shows

GPs prescribing anticoagulants to AF patients against official safety advice, study shows

Working for many hours each day can increase risk of heart problems

Working for many hours each day can increase risk of heart problems

Scientists develop first app and method to predict heart events after liver transplant

Scientists develop first app and method to predict heart events after liver transplant

Novel therapy rapidly and effectively reverses effect of oral blood thinner

Novel therapy rapidly and effectively reverses effect of oral blood thinner

Asymptomatic atrial fibrillation patients have higher rate of previous stroke, study finds

Asymptomatic atrial fibrillation patients have higher rate of previous stroke, study finds

Happitech, Arrhythmia Alliance and Bug Labs launch Heart for Heart e-health initiative

Happitech, Arrhythmia Alliance and Bug Labs launch Heart for Heart e-health initiative

Roche to showcase new solutions for lab innovation at EuroMedLab

Roche to showcase new solutions for lab innovation at EuroMedLab

Paroxysmal AF patients less likely to be prescribed anticoagulants for stroke prevention, study finds

Paroxysmal AF patients less likely to be prescribed anticoagulants for stroke prevention, study finds

Rush offers new, implantable cardiac device to reduce risk of stroke in AFib patients

Rush offers new, implantable cardiac device to reduce risk of stroke in AFib patients

Study: 1 in 6 patients on new blood-thinning medications may not be receiving recommended dose

Study: 1 in 6 patients on new blood-thinning medications may not be receiving recommended dose

Cardiologists advocate for atrial fibrillation procedure that limits radiation exposure

Cardiologists advocate for atrial fibrillation procedure that limits radiation exposure

Consumption of chocolate is associated with lower atrial fibrillation risks, study finds

Consumption of chocolate is associated with lower atrial fibrillation risks, study finds

Moderate chocolate intake linked to lower risk of atrial fibrillation

Moderate chocolate intake linked to lower risk of atrial fibrillation