Heart Health

Atrial Fibrillation

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about atrial fibrillation, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

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What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Learn more about the basics of atrial fibrillation and if you might be at risk.

By Gerald Couzens

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The Facts About Atrial Fibrillation and Silent Strokes

Not all strokes are obvious. And if you have a heart-rhythm disorder like afib, you may be a higher risk for the silent type.

By Matt McMillen
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Let's Talk About Atrial Fibrillation

When your heart’s rhythm gets erratic, blood can clot in its lower chambers—increasing your risk for stroke. Here’s how to prevent that from happening.

By Matt McMillen
Rate Control vs. Rhythm Control in Treating Atrial Fibrillation

Understanding Methods in Treating Atrial Fibrillation

Your doctor will be most concerned about preventing any kind of circulatory instability that may result from the irregular beat and to avoid the higher risk of stroke that goes along with it.

By Leslie Lafayette
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For a Healthy Heart, Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth twice a day—and flossing!—may do more for your body than just brighten your smile.

By Lara DeSanto
Almonds in a banana smoothie.

How Adding Nuts to Your Diet Can Improve Afib Symptoms

Nuts are rich in healthy fat, dietary fiber, and plant-based protein, and just one single serving per day can significantly help protect your heart.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
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Updated Guidelines for A-Fib Aim to Lower Stroke Risk

New guidelines for reducing stroke risk in people with atrial fibrillation include the use of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants over traditional blood thinners.

By Diane Domina
Heart model and stethoscope.
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Your Thyroid and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

If you have high-normal levels of thyroid hormone within the reference range, research now confirms that you face an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

By Mary Shomon
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FDA Encourages Tech Industry, Okays Medical Apps

The FDA, working with digital companies to find new ways to empower consumers to take control of their health, approved two medical apps for the Apple Watch.

By Diane Domina
Doctor writing a prescription.

Afib Treatment Can Prevent Thousands of Strokes Each Year

In the UK, as many as 7,000 strokes per year are now prevented because more patients with atrial fibrillation are being identified and treated.

By Diane Domina
Human heart anatomy, model of a heart.

No 'Fibs': Current Evidence About Atrial Fibrillation

Learn about atrial fibrillation risk factors and causes. Find out what research shows about the connection between depression and afib.

By Stephanie Stephens

Meet the Experts

Stephanie Watson
Health Writer

Stephanie Watson is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience covering a variety of health conditions.

Stephanie Stephens
Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.

Mary Shomon
Patient Advocate

Mary Shomon is a patient advocate and bestselling author on thyroid disease, diabetes, weight loss and hormonal health.