In the US, the prevalence of Atrial Fibrillation is estimated at over 3.31 million people, and is predicted to double by 2035.
Age-adjusted AFib incidence is predicted to grow as a result of increased instances of risk factors amongst the population including:
Atrial fibrillation is divided into four general types: Paroxysmal, Persistent, Long Standing Persistent and Permanent. The main difference between the four types of AFib is the duration of the episode. In general, the longer AFib is sustained, the more likely it is that symptoms will occur.
A person can help reduce their chances of developing AFib. For example, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in a heart healthy lifestyle all decrease the onset of Afib. Connecting with an electrophysiologist who works together with patients to choose the best treatment options, based on the patient’s values and preferences is the optimum therapy for AFib.