Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
Atrial Fibrillation/AFib is an irregular rhythm or pattern in the way the heart beats in the upper chambers of the heart, known as the atria. The rate and rhythm changes in AFib interrupt the normal flow of blood through the heart and increase the likelihood of forming blood clots. These clots can potentially travel through the arteries, lodge in the brain and cause a stroke that can be prevented through safe use of blood thinners (anticoagulants). Read AFib FAQs.
NBCA National Survey Results
NBCA conducted an online survey of 500 patients with atrial fibrillation/AFib that measured awareness of blood clots and blood clot prevention. Even though most patients with atrial fibrillation know what a blood clot is, more than one-quarter (27%) of those surveyed said they were not told by their doctor or other healthcare professional that atrial fibrillation/AFib put them at risk for blood clots that could cause a stroke. Another 27% said they were not told how to prevent blood clots.
These data support the need to fill gaps in patient awareness about the risk for stroke with atrial fibrillation and how to prevent stroke. More...