Presented by… Erin Rindels, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN Stroke Nurse Coordinator University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Have you ever noticed if your heart has missed a beat? If you have, you may be experiencing an arrhythmia. Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) is the most common type of arrhythmia A Fib damages the heart’s electrical system, leading to increased risk for stroke, heart attack & heart failure. A Fib is an independent risk factor for stroke, increasing risk five fold.
How is A-Fib Diagnosed? Cardiac Exam Holter Monitor Event Monitor Echocardiogram Transesophageal Echocardiogram Blood Tests
Start with Prevention! It is never too late or too early to take control of your health Below are some suggestions on how you can prevent A Fib and lead a healthy cardiovascular disease free life: Not smoking Regular physical activity Maintaining a healthy weight Limit alcohol intake Control blood glucose (especially if you have diabetes) Regular check-up’s Heart healthy diet filled with low saturated fatty food, low trans fat and low cholesterol
Know your next steps Research your family history Schedule a physical exam Talk to your physician about your best option!