Atrial fibrillation: symptoms, prevention and risks

Atrial fibrillation: symptoms, prevention and risks

This episode of "Daily Health Pills" explains how to recognize atrial fibrillation and what needs to be done

To recognize atrial fibrillation, given that the diagnosis must always be made by the doctor, we can pay attention to the signals coming from the heart.

Measure your pulse

The simplest thing is to learn to follow your pulse, or heart rate. As soon as you wake up, place the index and middle fingers of the hand on the wrist of the other arm facing upwards. For 30 seconds, monitor how many happens and maybe repeat the operation in the afternoon.

The pulsations should all be the same, so if you perceive that they change in intensity and are not regular, start thinking about it. Then if you notice that it exceeds 100 beats per minute, talk to your doctor. Obviously we speak of pulsations at rest.


This simple measurement becomes a kind of recommendation that can save not only the heart but also the brain, as atrial fibrillation can increase the risk of a stroke up to five times. Arrhythmia occurs especially after the age of 50. This electrical heart problem is often not recognized. In our country it is thought that one in 100 people suffer from atrial fibrillation, but many do not know they are sick. This is why it is important to measure your pulse regularly. It is important to measure them when palpitations are present, an unexplained breathlessness and unmotivated fatigue.

In terms of prevention, it is good to fight the classic cardiovascular risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, new cases may be limited.

The final advice, to be integrated with the doctor's instructions, in addition to detecting the pulse rhythm, is to regularly check the pressure because at least 7 out of 10 people who suffer from atrial fibrillation are hypertensive.

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“Daily Health Pills” is Tipsforwomens TakeCare's podcast series, curated by Federico Mereta. Each episode talks about prevention, care and good habits.

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