Heart Palpitations and Afib
Ask A Healer Cardiovascular Health Series
Are Heart Palpitations and Afib the Same?
by N J Howell
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Heart palpitations can be brought on by a wide range of things. Stress, caffeine and menopause are just three factors that can cause the heart to beat irregularly or get out of rhythm. However, atrial fibrillation is a more serious concern than heart palpitations, assuming the palpitations can be traced back to some health condition such as the factors mentioned above. A person diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or afib for short, is at greater risk for stroke or heart attack than a person who just has occasional heart palpitations.
Should you see a doctor if you suspect afib?
For example, if menopausal, your doctor may be able to suggest treatments to help with hormonal fluxes. Hopefully, you have chosen a doctor open to progressive medicine for menopause, in the vein of the research done by the likes of Christiane Northrup. I'd suggest reading her books on menopause and maybe even taking one into the office with you..
If you are stressed out, then stress reduction exercises may help. If you are drinking too much coffee, cokes or other caffiene-containing beverages, cutting back may help restore balance.
There has been a recent breakthrough in testing for afib. A company called Lifeline Screening now offers a completely out-patient and inexpensive test for afib. This company travels all over the place, setting up in small town churches or public buildings, for the purpose of offering valuable medical testing at a fraction of the cost of having those same tests done in a hospital.
When are you at greater risk for afib?
This information is provided as an educational resource and you are not being advised to replace any personally required medical care.