Atrial fibrillation, a heart condition also affecting US President Joe Biden, raises stroke risk by fivefold and doubles the chances of heart attack and dementia. Astonishingly, over 37.5 million people globally may have this condition, often without realizing it. It causes irregular heartbeats originating in the heart’s upper chambers, potentially leading to issues like blood clots.

Symptoms vary, from palpitations and breathlessness to none, making it hard to detect. Consult your GP for tests like an electrocardiogram (ECG) to evaluate your heart’s electrical activity if you suspect it.

Managing atrial fibrillation is crucial to reduce stroke risk. Lifestyle changes, including alcohol reduction, weight management, and exercise, are essential. Treatment options include medication and ablation procedures.

High blood pressure often accompanies atrial fibrillation, increasing stroke and heart attack risks. Managing blood pressure through medication, lifestyle changes, and monitoring is vital.

Early intervention is essential for those with both conditions. Timely medical care and proactive health measures can significantly improve well-being. Consult your healthcare provider for guidance if you suspect atrial fibrillation or have heart health concerns.