Along with the aging of the population, there is an increase in cardiac atrial fibrillation, estimated by three Czechs out of a hundred. By 2030, the number is likely to increase by 70 percent. The risk is high pressure or diabetes, but also endurance sports. On Thursday, he said Martin Fiala, the head of the Cardiac Care Center Neuron Medical Brno and the chairman of the Czech Association for Heartbeat.
Atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm that leads to uncoordinated cardiac arrest. Irregularities of rhythm can cause blood clots, as blood may accumulate in the heart. There is a risk of stroke, fibrillation is the cause of one-fifth to one-third of cases.
"An important role in prevention plays a healthy lifestyle, observing symptoms, regular pulse measurements and preventative examinations including ECG," said Fiala. Heart wall may also weaken endurance sports, which can also lead to atrial fibrillation. The sick are observing a decrease in performance, breathing in the strain, for example when walking down the stairs. There are either temporary or persistent fibrillation, one in five patients will change to a permanent one year.
European healthcare systems cost around € 3.3 billion a year (€ 85 billion). Treatment is possible with medicines called so-called antiarrhythmics or so-called catheterization ablation, where it is introduced through the artery or vein into the heart into the heart where the electrode is placed at its end instead of the cardiac wall that causes fibrillation.
About 80 percent of patients are over 65 years of age, with eight out of ten adults being affected by fibrillation. At the age of forty it is one in four. At the age of 69, the risk of death is about five percent. Death does not usually cause direct fibrillation, except for a possible stroke, causing or aggravating heart failure, hence impairing heart function.
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