Managing Atrial Fibrillation in Summer
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a condition that causes a fast, fluttering heart beat called arrhythmia. The American Heart Association reports at least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib.
Symptoms of AFib include general fatigue, rapid or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, faintness or confusion, sweating, or chest pain and pressure. Chest pain or pressure is a medical emergency and you should call 911 immediately.
Summer Months and AFib Symptoms
Hot and humid weather is unpleasant for most people, but it can be very dangerous if you have AFib. Therefore, it is important for you to know the risks of hot weather and take precautions during the during the summer months.
Being outdoors during extremely hot weather takes a toll on your body and increases your chance of an AFib attack. An AFib attack causes symptoms of heart palpitations, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, and extreme anxiety.
One 2013 report out of the University of Parma, Italy, confirms that atmospheric factors, especially temperature and humidity between the end of July and the first two weeks of August, correlate with AFib incidences and attacks.
Of note is that more AFib patients were admitted to emergency rooms for AFib attacks in the middle of the summer than any other time of the year.