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Wellness Watch - Atrial Fibrillation


Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. It is an irregular heartbeat that can occur in brief episodes or become a permanent condition. One of the most serious risks associated with AFib is stroke. Watch this video to hear Phoebe Electrophysiologist Dr. Edward Koomson explain how AFib can cause a stroke and discuss treatments available to reduce your risk of a stroke, including Watchman. Phoebe is the only hospital in southwest Georgia offering the minimially-invasive Watchman procedure.

AFib Risk Factors

  • Advancing age
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Sleep apnea

If you have risk factors and/or symptoms of AFib, you should see a cardiologist. You can schedule an appointment with Phoebe Cardiology. Go to www.phoebeheart.com to find the office closest to you and to learn more about our services.

AFib Symptoms

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Rapid beating, fluttering or pounding of the heart
  • Dizziness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Learn more about AFib from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association by clicking on the links below.

Georgia is one 11 states located in what’s known as the Stroke Belt, where the risk of stroke is 34% higher for the general population than it is in the rest of the country. Remember the acronym FAST to spot stroke signs...

F – face drooping
A – arm weakness
S – slurred speech
T – time to call 911