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Atrial Fibrillation Screening

Atrial Fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat). It occurs when the heart’s upper chambers (the atria) beat irregularly or quiver. Without an effective heartbeat blood isn't pumped completely out of the atria, causing blood to pool and possibly clot. A clot can travel to other parts of the body, including the brain, where it may result in stroke.

What is an atrial fibrillation test?

  • A non-invasive procedure used to detect irregular heartbeat (a major risk factor for stroke), an atrial fibrillation test is performed by attaching ECG electrodes above your wrists and ankles. An ECG for atrial fibrillation will identify the presence or absence of an irregular heartbeat.

Who should have a heart arrhythmia test? 

  • Anyone with risk factors for stroke, atrial fibrillation or carotid artery disease 

How often should I get an atrial fibrillation test?

  • Annually 

*Recommended guidelines only. Consult with your GP. 

How do I prepare for an ECG of atrial fibrillation?

  • Wear a shirt that is open at the collar and short-sleeved
  • Do not wear a turtleneck or polo-shirt sweater 

Warning signs

Even though not everybody with atrial fibrillation experiences symptoms, these warning signs may indicate heart issues:

  • Heart palpitations (sudden pounding, fluttering, or a racing feeling in the chest)
  • Lack of energy
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath, even at rest

If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, a quick and simple arrhythmia test fro Life Line Screening can help identify if there is an issue.

Risk factors

  • High blood pressure
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • Extreme stress or fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes

Book an arrhythmia test today by clicking on the 'Book a Screening' button at the top of the page and find out if you are at risk.

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