Atrial fibrillation is a serious medical condition characteristic of an abnormal heartbeat. The irregular response is due to erratic electrical impulses in the heart’s upper chambers.
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregularity that can result in symptoms, such as heart palpitations, chest pain, and dizziness. However, some people may not experience any symptoms at all.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that up to 6.1 million people in the United States may have AFib. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are around 33.5 million people living with AFib worldwide.
There are different treatment options for managing AFib, including lifestyle changes, medications, and other nonsurgical options. While these treatments may help some people, they may not work for everybody and are not a cure. Doctors may consider surgery if a patient’s medications aren’t working and when nothing else has helped.