September - AFIB Awareness Month
September is Atrial Fibrillation awareness month.
Atrial Fibrillation is a kind of arrhythmia that affects the electrical signals of the top two chambers of the heart. This can cause the heart to beat very quickly.
A majority of individuals living with AFIB who are receiving treatment lead normal active lives. Without treatment though it can affect your quality of life, the main complications of AFIB are stroke and heart failure.
Roughly 350,000 Canadians are currently living with AFIB. The risk for developing AFIB increases with age and:
- High Blood Pressure
- Underlying Heart Disease
If you have any of these risk factors, monitoring for AFIB is important. You can now monitor your blood pressure and screen for AFIB at home with the BIOS Precision Series 10.0 Blood Pressure Monitor.