Health Information and Tools >  Atrial Fibrillation
Facebook Tweet Email Share

Main Content

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (say "AY-tree-uhl fih-bruh-LAY-shun") is a type of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) in which the heart's upper chambers quiver, or fibrillate. This increases the risk of blood clots, which can cause a stroke or other problems. The lower chambers beat without a regular rhythm and may beat too fast. This can cause symptoms like light-headedness or chest pain.

Treatment is done to control your heart rate or heart rhythm and to prevent stroke.