Afib Symptoms In Women aren't that unusual: a racing heart, dizziness, or being
Woman - being "tougher" than us men often try to live with their symptoms before
getting help and finding out that atrial fibrillation was the cause of their problems. Don't wait - see
We already know that more men than women have atrial fibrillation
- but - women have a higher rate of strokes and death, with women accounting for about 61% of Afib
related stroke deaths.
Researchers have identified nine common differences in women who suffer from
1. They have higher incidences of stroke and
death from stroke.
2. Women do not receive blood thinners (anticoagulation) as often, resulting in more risk of blood
3. Have a greater risk of collateral bleeding from blood thinners.
4. Experience greater risk of life-threatening arrhythmias and slow heart rates from taking antiarrhythmic
drugs to treat their Afib than men.
5. A woman's normal hormonal fluctuation can cause more life-threatening arrhythmias.
Have a higher risk of low potassium levels, increasing the risk of drug-related arrhythmias
6. Are more sensitive to statin and vasodilator drugs.
7. Are referred less often, or later, for ablation or pacemakers than men.
8. Experience a lower quality of life than men from their atrial fibrillation
These findings identify areas in which doctors need to more closely manage the treatment of their female atrial