Harvard Heart Letter

Living with AFib

Treatment options to improve life with atrial fibrillation.

Multiple treatment options are making atrial fibrillation less deadly.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) itself isn't always the main problem for the four million Americans who have the condition—some also have a high risk of stroke. In AFib, the heart quivers when it should be beating, and blood pools inside the heart when it should be pumping though the body. Strokes occur when the stagnant blood thickens and forms clots that travel to the brain.

That's why it's important for AFib to be diagnosed and treated, says Dr. Moussa Mansour, associate professor of cardiology at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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