World Heart Day
Fri, Sep 27th 2013
Know your heart rhythm this World Heart Day (Sunday 29th September 2013). Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder in the world, but there are still many people who are unaware they have it. A simple pulse check could help you monitor your heart rhythm. If it is frequently irregular, this could be a sign of AF.
AF can manifest in some people feeling breathless, light-headed, out of energy or faint. However, around half of people with the condition are asymptomatic so they have no idea their heart is not effectively pumping blood around the body.
AF Association CEO and Founder, Trudie Lobban MBE, says asymptomatic AF can be picked up easily:
“This World Heart Day, spare just one minute to check your pulse. By knowing your pulse, you could identify any abnormal or irregular heart rhythm, which could be a sign of AF.
“If you notice your pulse is frequently irregular, seek medical advice. The sooner you are diagnosed, the quicker you could receive appropriate treatment.
“AF is not life-threatening but better understanding and awareness of it can save thousands of people the tragedy of suffering avoidable incidents, like AF related stroke.”