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The Heart Rhythm Society has launched a citywide awareness campaign in San Francisco to improve knowledge about symptoms, warning signs and available treatment options for atrial fibrillation (also known as AF or AFib), the most prevalent type of irregular heartbeat that impacts approximately 2.5 million people in the U.S.

Misconceptions about atrial fibrillation (AF) are common among people nationwide, according to a recent survey by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). More than half (56 percent) of Americans do not know that AF puts someone at a high risk of having a stroke. People are more likely to assume high risk related to other common factors like smoking, eating fried or fatty foods or drinking a lot of alcohol. HRS calls on San Diego residents to learn the truth about AF and encourages those who suffer from the disorder to talk to their doctors about their increased risk for stroke.