Atrial fibrillation (afib) awareness

September 23, 2013

By Annie Sanford, RN, BSN
Stroke Clinical Effectiveness Coordinator

September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness month!

Atrial fibrillation (afib) is an abnormal heart rhythm that may lead to increased risk of stroke or other heart-related problems.

Common signs and symptoms of afib include:

  • Rapid and irregular heartbeat
  • Fluttering or “thumping” in the chest
  • Faintness, dizziness or weakness
  • Shortness of breath and anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain

For individuals with atrial fibrillation or flutter, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes following your healthcare provider's instructions regarding medications, treatments, and maintaining a healthy diet and participating in heart healthy activities.

The American Heart Association’s Atrial Fibrillation site has great afib information and resources and the National Stroke Association has excellent monitoring tools and patient/caregiver stories.

For more information, you can also visit www.swedish.org/stroke or call 206-320-3200.