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Atrial Fibrillation Campaign 2015

From November 16th to December 11th, the Irish Heart Foundation will raise awareness about atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heart beat.

More than 40,000 people in Ireland suffer from atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the normal electrical impulses that control the upper chambers of your heart (atria) become disorganised. This causes your heart to beat in an irregular way, and as a result, blood clots are more likely to form in your heart, increasing your risk of stroke. You are five times more likely to have a stroke if you have atrial fibrillation.


Symptoms of atrial fibrillation

Some people with atrial fibrillation have symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, breathlessness and some don't have any symptoms at all.


Causes of atrial fibrillation

It is not always clear what causes atrial fibrillation but your chances of getting it increase if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or other medical conditions.


How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?

Atrial fibrillation can be detected by regular pulse checks and will only be diagnosed following a check-up with your doctor. It is important to talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of atrial fibrillation.

AFib Poster | Irish Heart Foundation

To support the promotion, the Irish Heart Foundation have launched a series of posters, leaftlets and booklets. If you would like more information please contact the Irish Heart Foundation at T: +353 1 6685001 | F: +353 1 6685896 | Helpline: 1890 432 787.

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