A. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).
A. You can reduce some atrial fibrillation risk factors by:
- Not smoking
- Avoiding heavy alcohol consumption
- Avoiding caffeine consumption
- Controlling high blood pressure
- Controlling hyperthyroidism
A. Atrial fibrillation and carotid artery blockage are both significant risk factors for stroke. Having both screenings will provide a more complete stroke risk assessment.
A. Atrial fibrillation can be intermittent (can come and go), so it may not be detected during a routine EKG (electrocardiograph).
A. No, this is not a full EKG. It is also known as an EKG with electrodes, which means we will apply electrodes to your wrists and ankles. A full EKG is not required to screen for atrial fibrillation.
A. No. If you have a pacemaker or you know you have afib, you should not get the afib screening.
A. If you have an abnormal result, you will need to see a physician for further diagnostic testing. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with medications to prevent blood clots and to control the heart rate. In some cases, surgery may be required. Treatment depends on the underlying cause, your symptoms, and your medical history.