Have you been told that you (or a relative or friend of yours) have Atrial Fibrillation? This Web site is designed to give you the unbiased information you need, and to help you find the right doctor and medical center to cure your A-Fib. It also hopes to inspire you through the personal experiences of those who have had A-Fib and been cured.
This site is designed primarily for non-medical personnel and is written from a patient's point of view. (The author had A-Fib and was cured in April, 1998, by the use of a procedure called Focal Catheter Ablation (Pulmonary Vein Ablation.) This Web site tries as much as possible to translate medical terms and research into everyday language. Medical journals are cited, however, if you would like to read a particular article yourself. Footnotes are linked to the article’s source in the References section. (Note: The authors of A-Fib.com are not medical doctors. This site is not affiliated with any medical school or health-related organization, device manufacturer or pharmaceutical company.)
What Is Atrial Fibrillation? ATRIAL FIBRILLATION OVERVIEW
In Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) the upper part of your heart beats (quivers) faster than the rest of your heart. If you could look inside your chest, the top part of your heart would be shaking like Jell-OGraphic of Vibrating Heart or beating more rapidly than the lower section of your heart. You feel an uncomfortable flutter in your chest or like your heart is going to jump out of your ribs or that your heart is "flip-flopping around." Your pulse is irregular and/or more rapid than normal. Someone described their A-Fib as "...like a motor idling too fast in my chest." Or "like I had a maniacal bass drummer hidden away in my chest." You may feel lightheaded (fainting), very tired, have shortness of breath, sweating and chest pain, swelling in your legs, and sometimes a distressing need for frequent urination (probably because of the release of atrial natriuretic peptide [ANP])211. Somewhere in your heart extra electrical signals are being generated which cause the top part of your heart to contract and quiver rapidly and irregularly (fibrillate) as many as 300-600 times a minute.