About Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation is the most common long-lasting arrhythmia. The causes and symptoms can vary greatly. Atrial fibrillation is associated with the risk of serious complications, of which the most dangerous is a stroke. The risk for atrial fibrillation increases with age; therefore, every person over 65 years should monitor their heart rate at least twice a week. With the Awario service, you are able to identify and diagnose atrial fibrillation at an early stage, and minimize the effects of it.
Who can use Awario®?
The service can be useful for persons belonging to a risk group for arrhythmias or a stroke.
> 65 years
Age is the main risk factor for stroke, so every person over 65 years should monitor their heart rate at least twice a week.
Significant risk factors in addition to age are being overweight, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, smoking, diabetes and sleep apnea.
Adult (> 18 years)
The Awario service can be used by anyone (adult) interested in measuring their heart rhythm.
Symptoms, diagnosing and treatment of atrial fibrillation
The symptoms of atrial fibrillation vary individually. Some people might have a lot of symptoms, as opposed to some having none at all, their condition is only detectable upon physical examination. The most obvious symptom of atrial fibrillation is heart palpitations where the heart feels like it’s pounding, fluttering or beating irregularly. Not everybody gets a feeling of an irregular heartbeat; in these cases, the symptoms might be vaguer, like general fatigue or weakness. Even if the atrial fibrillation is asymptomatic, the risk for complications is just as big.
Atrial fibrillation can only be diagnosed with the help of an ECG. An ECG can be carried out at the doctor’s office, or now also at home with the help of the Awario service developed by Heart2Save. For every measurement, the Awario service will generate an ECG report. Based on the report, health care professionals can reliably diagnose the arrhythmia and begin the treatment best suited for you. In addition to a stroke, atrial fibrillation can cause heart failure and vein thrombosis. Early diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation reduces the risk for a stroke and improves the quality of life.
It is possible to have an atrial fibrillation episode that resolves on its own. If atrial fibrillation continues for less than two days, normal rhythm may be restored with electric shock treatment. Chronic, or permanent, atrial fibrillation is usually treated with anticoagulants (“blood thinners”) that are the most effective treatment for preventing blood clots in people at high risk of stroke. Beta-blockers are prescribed commonly as primary therapy for rate control in atrial fibrillation. They are effective in reducing resting and exercise ventricular rates.