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Men More Likely To Develop Atrial Fibrillation—A Common, Incurable Issue

Reportedly, one of the most normal problems cardiologists handle is AFib (atrial fibrillation). AFib is an irregular or abnormal heart rhythm that can cause heart failure, stroke, blood clots, and other heart-related problems. Over 6 Million people in the U.S. and 33 Million people globally suffer from AFib and the exact reason for which is generally unidentified. As people age, they are more prone to suffer AFib. The existing theory is that in the heart, changes related to age—tissue changes are known as fibrosis—create the arrhythmia.

Dr. Christopher Rogers—Cardiologist at Pennsylvania State University—said, “Some part of AFib is known, but some part we have yet to understand for treating this condition. This disorder is more prevalent amongst Caucasians than African-Americans or Hispanics and is more normal in men than women. Since Hispanics have more hazard factors for cardiovascular diseases, as well as obesity and diabetes, and they are prone to develop AFib less frequently.” The symptoms for AFib may comprise heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue. The risk factors are obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, high blood pressure, tobacco consumption, alcohol abuse, and uncontrolled diabetes. Stroke as an outcome of AFib is the biggest problem, and identifying a patient’s risk for stroke is essential.

On a related note, recently, new technology improved AFib detection subsequent to a stroke. A new technique of detecting irregular or abnormal heartbeats outperformed the approach that is at present used widely in stroke divisions to identify instances of AFib. The technology electrocardiomatrix is advanced compared to standard cardiac telemetry. In recent time, co-inventor Jimo Borjigin published the findings from her electrocardiomatrix technology in the journal Stroke. The study showed that amongst stroke patients with usable data, electrocardiomatrix was extremely accurate in diagnosing individuals with AFib.

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