Keeping Your Heart in Sync: What you need to know about atrial fibrillation

There is nothing uncommon about atrial fibrillation, a heart-rhythm disorder that affects between 2 to 3 million people and accounts for about one-fifth of all strokes in the United States. By 2050, it is estimated that the number of people affected by atrial fibrillation will increase to 12 million. The condition leads to a fast and irregular heart rate.

“While some patients experience no symptoms, many have heart palpitations, a sensation of the heart racing or skipped beats. In addition, the condition carries an increased risk of stroke,” said Mathew Hutchinson, MD, professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and director of the Electrophysiology Program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. 

This event is hosted by the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.

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