Atrial Fibrillation is a condition where the heart beats very fast and irregularly. Some patients only experience mild symptoms with atrial fibrillation such as palpitations, breathlessness or light headedness, while others can experience profound symptoms and feel quite unwell with it. 1 in 3 strokes are caused by AF in people over the age of 60 and people with AF have a 3-5 times greater risk of stroke than people without AF.
If you have recently been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, your physician might refer you to a Cardiologist where you will be assessed for stroke risk. One of the ways a Cardiologist assesses stroke risk is by using a guideline called the CHADS score. This takes a number of factors into consideration in order to ensure the patient is put on the right treatment for stroke prevention.
Atrial Fibrillation is a condition where the top two chambers of the heart called the atria beat fast and irregularly. When this occurs, blood can pool in the atria causing blood clots. These blood clots can break off and travel to various parts of the body including the brain, causing a stroke. In order to prevent stroke in patients they need to be assessed by a qualified practitioner and in many cases anticoagulants are prescribed.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (the inability to obtain or maintain an erection during sexual activity) is caused by damage to the small blood vessels in the penis. Complete erectile dysfunction is diagnosed when the inability to have sexual relations lasts longer than 3 months. Erectile dysfunction is experienced more often in diabetic men than in the general population.
What are the types of cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease usually results from plaque buildup in the arteries which causes narrowing or blockage in the arteries. This can lead to chest pain (or angina), heart attack, stroke, or heart failure. Another condition included in the cardiovascular disease group is atrial fibrillation.
Can I hurt someone by doing CPR on them?
If you find yourself with someone who requires CPR, their heart has stopped beating and they will die without any intervention. CPR is the best chance at survival this person has until emergency responders arrive with the proper medical equipment. The risk to the person with CPR is mainly broken ribs, however this risk is far less than their risk of death if CPR is not provided.