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About EKG/Atrial Fibrillation Screening with Stroke Detection Plus
 

An electrocardiogram, which is also known as an EKG or ECG, is a safe, painless screening test that records your heart’s electrical activity by placing several electrodes on your body. Some physicians strongly believe that people older than age 35 need a baseline EKG before health issues develop. This baseline EKG may be compared to later EKGs to see if changes have occurred, or heart disease risk factors have developed.

 

   
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Schedule your screening today. Baseline EKGs may be increasingly beneficial for those with other health conditions or diseases that increase their chances of having heart disease.

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness.

Episodes of atrial fibrillation can come and go, or you may have chronic atrial fibrillation. Although atrial fibrillation itself usually isn't life-threatening, it is a serious medical condition that sometimes requires emergency treatment. It can lead to complications. Treatments for atrial fibrillation may include medications and other interventions to try to alter the heart's electrical system.

  Risk Factors for Atrial Fibrillation   Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation:  

Age. The older you are, the greater your risk of developing atrial fibrillation.

Heart disease. Anyone with heart disease, including valve problems and a history of heart attack and heart surgery, has an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

High blood pressure. Having high blood pressure, especially if it's not well controlled with lifestyle changes or medications, can increase your risk of atrial fibrillation.

Other chronic conditions. People with thyroid problems, sleep apnea and other medical problems have an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

Drinking alcohol. For some people, drinking alcohol can trigger an episode of atrial fibrillation. Family history. An increased risk of atrial fibrillation runs in some families.

Obesity. Studies have shown a clear association between obesity and atrial fibrillation, with obese men having a 52% increased risk for AF and obese women a 46% increased risk.

Smoking. Smokers double their chances of developing atrial fibrillation in comparison to those who have never smoked.

Palpitations, which are sensations of a racing, uncomfortable, irregular heartbeat or a flopping in your chest

Decreased blood pressure

Weakness

Lightheadedness

Confusion

Shortness of breath

Chest pain