Why Me!?!?!? (Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month)

Often the reason people develop atrial fibrillation (AFib) is unknown. 
Quite often, however, AFib results from damage to the electrical system that causes the heart to beat.

A number of medical conditions can lead to/cause this damage. Some common ones which are heart related are:

Coronary artery disease
High blood pressure
Congestive Heart failure
Heart valve disease
Heart surgery 

Other common medical problems may play a role as well, some common ones are:

Sleep apnea
Thyroid disease
Lung disease, Tobacco use/abuse 
Excessive alcohol consumption 

Even people with generally healthy lifestyles can get AFib. It is more common over the age of 60, with a family history of AFib and even seen frequently in well conditioned/endurance athletes. 

If you or a loved one has symptoms of atrial fibrillation, make an appointment for a health checkup. You may be referred to a doctor like me trained in cardiac arrhythmias, called an Electrophysiologist.

You are not alone!!

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