The British Heart Foundation has revealed that more than a million people in the UK now live with a condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly and can lead to strokes.
According to the research:
- The heart condition causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate, frequently leading to dizziness and shortness of breath
- Sufferers may also feel palpitations and become very tired
- A normal heart rate should be between 60 and 100 beats a minute when a person is resting, with a regular rhythm
- Some people with atrial fibrillation have no symptoms and are completely unaware that their heart rate is irregular
- If left untreated, atrial fibrillation can significantly increase the risk of a blood clot forming inside the heart, which increases the risk of stroke five-fold
- The BHF said atrial fibrillation is responsible for 22,500 strokes a year in the UK
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