Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib)This screening looks for an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.
Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) screening is included in the Stroke Screening package, or individually.
Risks of Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib)
Atrial Fibrillation is thought to increase the risk of stroke by 5 times. Because the atria of the heart quiver instead of beat, there is a risk of the formation of a blood clot in the atria that may travel through a blood vessel to the brain and create a blockage that may cause a stroke. Atrial Fibrillation can easily be detected by an electrocardiogram (ECG).
What is Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib)
Atrial Fibrillation or “A Fib” is an abnormal heart rhythm that presents as an irregular and rapid heart beat. There may be no symptoms, but the patient could feel lightheaded, experience shortness of breath or feel faint. Palpitations or chest discomfort may also be experienced by the patient. Atrial Fibrillation occurs in 2-3% of the population, and increases with age.
Atrial Fibrillation may go undetected, and may occur for no apparent reason. Eliminating or reducing risk factors such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, excessive alcohol consumption, and obesity are important. Various heart and lung conditions can increase the chances of developing A Fib.
Why should I be tested?
These screenings are important for everyone over the age of 40. With the evolution of preventative medicine, quality medical screening programs are now available to everyone. Early detection of disease allows for early intervention and treatment. There is no longer a reason to wait for a tragic event to occur…it may be prevented with a screening. Quality screening programs are proven to save lives, and are readily available at an affordable price.
Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib)
Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) Screening is included in the Stroke Screening package, or individually.
Our Stroke Screening Program is specifically designed to detect vascular abnormalities in patients 40 years of age and older.
Peripheral Artery Disease Screening
This screening looks for blockage in the blood vessels in the legs that can restrict blood flow and cause pain.