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Help Your Patients Understand Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF)

Nov 04, 2015


Got FIB? Fast, Irregular heartBeats”
is initiative to educate healthcare providers and the public on the warning signs of NVAF. Developed by the American College of Emergency Physicians, in collaboration with other healthcare organizations, the initiative provides vital information on NVAF awareness, recognition of signs and symptoms, risk factors for developing NVAF-related stroke, access to care, ways to manage the condition, and appropriate treatment to reduce the risk of stroke. Download helpful resources to display in your agency and provide to your patients here.

Warning Signs/Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

As a healthcare provider, you will always advocate for your patients. That includes ensuring that all patients who present with one or more AF symptoms or who are at higher risk for AF (such as diabetics and those with high blood pressure) are aware of the warning signs and symptoms, including:

  • “Fast, Irregular heartBeats”
  • Palpitations or a sensation that patient’s heart is skipping, fluttering or pounding
  • Feeling light-headed, dizzy or faint
  • Feeling tired or unable to complete normal daily activities
  • Shortness of breath and anxiety
  • Chest pain or a tightness/discomfort in patient’s chest
  • A sensation of not feeling right
  • General fatigue or fatigue when exercising
  • Fainting or confusion
  • Weakness
  • Sweating at risk or with minimal exertion
Learn more about the GotFIB? campaign >>