Atrial Fibrillation – AFib Test & Diagnosis | Life Line Screening

Atrial Fibrillation Screening

Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, and can affect the heart’s ability to pump blood. Afib increases the risk of stroke by 5 times.* Afib screening is performed by attaching EKG electrodes to wrists and ankles to detect an irregular heartbeat.

*American Heart Association

Who is this screening for?

Atrial fibrillation screenings are recommended for anyone with risk factors for stroke or carotid artery disease





Risk Factors for Afib

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Smoking
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Heavy alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea

Afib Screening Details

Atrial Fibrillation screening is painless, non-invasive, and does not require the removal of any clothing. While you are lying on your back, the technician will attach EKG electrodes to your arms and wrists and take readings. 

About Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that causes the heart’s upper chambers (the atria) to beat irregularly, preventing blood from being pumped completely out of the atria. Blood clots may result, and could cause a stroke.

Warning Signs of Afib

Not everyone with Atrial Fibrillation will experience symptoms, but these warning signs may need medical follow-up.
  • Heart palpitations
  • Lack of energy
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath, even at rest

Atrial Fibrillation FAQ

  • Can episodes of Afib come and go?
    Yes. When it becomes constant, you may need treatment.
  • Is it life-threatening?
    Afib itself is not usually life threatening, but it is a serious medical condition that your doctor will monitor
  • Why should I worry about Afib?
    Afib could lead to complications, such as blood clots forming in the heart. These clots could circulate to other organs and cause blocked blood flow.
*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.

1Peripheral Artery Disease affects men and women equally, but there is a higher incidence among Hispanics and African-Americans. 12-20% of people over age 60 have PAD.