Atrial Fibrillation is Discussed on "Voices In America" with James Earl Jones for Public Television

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An informative new segment touches on this prevalent medical condition.

A healthy heart plays a key role in maintaining a healthy body, but some situations contribute to the development of abnormal heartbeats that lead to poor blood flow throughout the body. Atrial Fibrillation, or AF, is a medical condition that describes a chaotic or irregular heartbeat. A new segment of "Voices in America" with host James Earl Jones will explore the risks and signs of AF as well as the treatment options that help prevent health complications.

The way that the heart behaves when exhibiting AF is a discordant or off-beat timing. The two upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly and out of coordination with the lower chambers of the heart, which results in poor blood flow and increased heart rate. The faster heartbeats combined with the poor blood flow raise concerns about health and wellness.

Although AF does not necessarily mean that an individual faces severe health concerns, it is often a symptom of more serious conditions and it can lead to stroke when it persists. In some cases, it leads to emergency situations, so individuals should discuss heart palpitations, a racing heart or abnormal heartbeats with a doctor before assuming that it is a mild health concern. In many cases, the heart palpitations allow the blood to slow and clot, which increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

This new segment will feature physicians and patients who can talk about A-Fib in detail and discuss treatment options. "Voices in America" is a public broadcast, but it is not associated or distributed by PBS.

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