Heart disease: atrial fibrillation insufficiently supported in women

Health gorlax December 9, 2016 0 17
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Heart disease: atrial fibrillation insufficiently supported in women

Until June 5, 2015, the week of heartbeat emphasizes atrial fibrillation. This heart rhythm disorder, also known as arrhythmia, is not always properly treated, especially in women. He exhibited with an increased risk of thrombosis or stroke.

This name evokes you perhaps nothing. However, atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder or arrhythmia, the most common in adults. It would affect about 750,000 people in France. It results in a very rapid and irregular heart beat. They say the atria of the heart fibrillate.

This prevents the heart from functioning normally and properly circulate blood throughout the body. By promoting the formation of clots, it can be dangerous. That is why it is essential to identify and treat, particularly in women.

How to recognize atrial fibrillation?

Palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain ... are the main events of arrhythmia. But the disease can also evolve without symptoms, which would be the case for one in three.

AF can be detected by a simple pulse taken at the wrist or neck or when the heart auscultation with a stethoscope. But only an electrocardiogram can confirm the diagnosis.

More risk of complications in women

If women are less affected than men by the FA, in however they suffer the heaviest consequences. Because of hormonal background, they have a higher risk of complications than men.

AF requires taking anticoagulants to prevent thromboembolic risk, that is to say the formation of a clot in the atria.

Depending on the type of AF, other medications may be prescribed to regain a regular heartbeat. The support may also require intervention: it is the method of electrical cardioversion, which involves sending an electric shock to the heart.

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