What’s the Connection Between AFib and Heart Failure?

Q: I have AFib and have been on drug treatment for almost one year. I’m taking anticoagulant medicines to prevent stroke. Well, will this disease bring other complications, such as heart failure?

A: You probably have known that AFib patients are at high risk of stroke. Stroke is the biggest danger for most AFib patients, however, there are still other risks related to this disease.

Because of the racing heart rate and irregular heart rhythm, AFib patients often have the symptom of palpitation, which has an influence on the quality of their life.

Heart failure is another potential consequence. If not treated timely and appropriately, AFib will become worse and develop into heart failure. In this case, heart failure is resulted from weak contraction of the heart combined with long-term racing heartbeat.


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