The heart has four chambers. The upper chambers are called the atria while the lower chambers are the ventricles. They are categorized as left and right atrium and left and right ventricle. Both the atria and ventricles pump blood to the entire body. With atrial fibrillation, the heart rate has now become irregular or there is a rapid beating of the atria. What happens next is that the blood flow slows down or stagnates.
There are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing atrial fibrillation. These are:
- Heart Disease. People who already have existing heart conditions have an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
- High blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure and don’t have plans for controlling your lifestyle, then you increase your risk.
- Other chronic conditions. Some people suffer from conditions such as thyroid problems, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or lung diseases can increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
- Obesity. Obese people are more likely to develop the fibrillation.
- Hereditary. Some families have histories of the fibrillation.
- Drinking alcohol.
Some people with atrial fibrillation are not aware of their condition until a physical examination. Usually, people with atrial fibrillation have experienced these signs and symptoms such a palpitation, lightheadedness, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath and weakness.
There are four types of fibrillation
- Occasional. Its characterized by the symptoms coming and going and lasting for a few minutes to hours and then stopping altogether.
- Persistent. The heart rhythm doesn’t go back to normal on its own. Treatment as an electrical shock or medications is needed to restore your heart rhythm.
- Long-standing persistent. This type can last longer than 12 months.
- Permanent. With this type, the heart rhythm can’t be restored. You often need medications to control your heart rate.
If you think you are suffering from Atrial Fibrillation you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Atrial Fibrillation as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).