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 blood pressure or diabetes, but also sports. On Thursday, he said that Martin Fiala, head of the Center for Cardiac Care Neuron Medical Brno and chairman of the Czech Heartbeat Association.
Atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregular and often fast heart rate, which leads to uncoordinated cardiac arrest. Rhythm disturbances can cause blood clots, as blood can 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 is played by a healthy lifestyle, observation of symptoms, regular pulse measurements and preventive examinations, including an ECG,” said Fiala. Heart wall can also weaken sports, which can also lead to atrial fibrillation. Patients observe reduced performance by breathing in tension, for example, when they descend a staircase. There is either temporary or permanent fibrillation, every fifth patient switches to a permanent one year.
European health care systems cost about 3.3 billion euros per year (85 billion euros). Treatment is possible with drugs called so-called antiarrhythmic drugs or so-called ablation catheterization, where it is inserted through an artery or vein into the heart into the heart, where the electrode is placed at its end, and not at the heart wall that causes fibrillation.
About 80 percent of patients are over 65, with eight out of ten adults suffering from atrial fibrillation. At the age of forty, every fourth. At age 69, the risk of death is about five percent. Death usually does not cause direct fibrillation, with the exception of a possible stroke, causing or aggravating heart failure, hence the deterioration of heart function.
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