Atrial fibrillation: what is it and how can we help?

Atrial fibrillation, or AF, is a type of irregular heartbeat that affects millions of people around the world.

If you have been diagnosed with this condition, having a care plan will take away your worry as we can work alongside other healthcare providers involved in your care to support you.

What is AF?

AF occurs when your heart’s electrical signals become irregular, causing the upper chambers of the heart, known as the atria, to quiver instead of contracting normally.

As a result, your heart may not be able to pump blood effectively to the rest of the body, which can lead to a variety of symptoms and health problems.

Symptoms of AF can include a rapid or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, dizziness, and fainting.

There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing AF, including age, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and a family history of the condition. Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and stress, can also increase your risk.

How can we help?

If you have been diagnosed with AF, a care plan can help you manage your condition.

We can help administer your medication which will help to control your heart rate and rhythm. We can also help you adapt your lifestyle.

In addition to medical treatments, there are some things you can do to help manage your AF symptoms. These may include avoiding caffeine and other stimulants, getting regular exercise, and practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.

Remember, if you have been diagnosed with AF, you are not alone. With the right care plan and lifestyle changes, we can help you make the most of life.

At Nexus Care Services, we provide tailored care plans to support your individual needs. If you or a loved one needs support, contact us today at 0121 308 2906.

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