Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart beat where the two top chambers of the heart do not work in sync with the lower chambers. The irregular heartbeat, usually rapid, creates shortness of breath, dizziness, heart palpitations, and overall muscle weakness.
Heart palpitations are sensations of a racing heartbeat that can feel like a rumbling or flopping in the chest. Although atrial fibrillation is not fatal it can lead to complications that are. The chance of having a stroke if irregular heart beat is allowed to go untreated can increase up to 500%. The added risk of stroke makes it especially important for those offering in home assistance to seniors to be on the lookout for these symptoms.
Other symptoms of atrial fibrillation include low blood pressure, lightheadedness, confusion and chest pain. Health problems and conditions which cause confusion, such as dementia, may make it harder to diagnose this condition.
Atrial fibrillation is a very serious condition that carries some very serious risks. A well trained senior care service provider can suggest actions that will reduce a senior?s risk of developing abnormal heartbeat though.
Studies have shown that the right type and quantity of exercise can improve heart health and minimize the risk of conditions like atrial fibrillation. An experienced senior care provider can design an age appropriate fitness program that will improve health and reduce the risk of disease.