In November 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and National Stroke Association, in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim (BI), shared results from a survey of more than 1,200 respondents to evaluate the impact of AFib and stroke on patients and caregivers, and the concurrent perceptions physicians have about treatment options and their patients’ understanding of issues surrounding the condition.
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Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an abnormal heart rhythm. The four chambers of the heart usually beat in a steady, rhythmic pattern. AFib means that the atria (upper chambers of the heart) are fibrillating or twitching quickly and creating an irregular rhythm.
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), through its efforts during Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month in September and throughout the year, is working to increase public knowledge of AFib, including its symptoms, warning signs, and available treatment options.