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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.
ACC Asia Conference 2019 brings experts to discuss latest cardiovascular science

ACC Asia Conference 2019 brings experts to discuss latest cardiovascular science

Electrical-first strategy for atrial fibrillation results in shorter ED length of stay

Electrical-first strategy for atrial fibrillation results in shorter ED length of stay

Mobile apps improve atrial fibrillation detection rates in a low-risk population

Mobile apps improve atrial fibrillation detection rates in a low-risk population

Mobile health devices for screening and detection of common heart condition

Mobile health devices for screening and detection of common heart condition

Pharmacists in the ED can quickly deliver coagulation drug to bleeding patients

Pharmacists in the ED can quickly deliver coagulation drug to bleeding patients

NIH trial aims to improve drug discovery for ischemic stroke

NIH trial aims to improve drug discovery for ischemic stroke

Edoxaban-based dual therapy noninferior to standard treatment in atrial fibrillation post-stenting

Edoxaban-based dual therapy noninferior to standard treatment in atrial fibrillation post-stenting

Beta-blockers reduce mortality in patients with heart failure and moderate kidney dysfunction

Beta-blockers reduce mortality in patients with heart failure and moderate kidney dysfunction

Metabolic surgery improves health in obese diabetics

Metabolic surgery improves health in obese diabetics

New guidelines for management of a fast heartbeat released

New guidelines for management of a fast heartbeat released

Scientists unveil new molecular mechanisms leading to atrial fibrillation

Scientists unveil new molecular mechanisms leading to atrial fibrillation

Computer simulations may guide precise treatment of patients with persistent atrial fibrillation

Computer simulations may guide precise treatment of patients with persistent atrial fibrillation

Insomnia associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke

Insomnia associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke

New oral androgen deprivation therapy increases risk of death in cardiovascular patients

New oral androgen deprivation therapy increases risk of death in cardiovascular patients

Latest advances in cardiovascular medicine to be unveiled

Latest advances in cardiovascular medicine to be unveiled

Atrial fibrillation is common and incurable, but can be controlled

Atrial fibrillation is common and incurable, but can be controlled

AI helps detect atrial fibrillation cheaply and reliably

AI helps detect atrial fibrillation cheaply and reliably

'Tickle' therapy may slow down an important effect associated with aging

'Tickle' therapy may slow down an important effect associated with aging

Anti-arrhythmic agents linked to increased risk of falls

Anti-arrhythmic agents linked to increased risk of falls

Researchers discover new blood-borne marker for atrial damage

Researchers discover new blood-borne marker for atrial damage