Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). AFib isn’t life-threatening in most cases, but it is a serious medical condition that requires treatment. More than 2 million Americans experience AFib and it is most common in people in their 40’s or older. There are three types of AFib — intermittent, continuous, and permanent. Keep reading to learn more about each type.
Intermittent AFib is when arrhythmia comes and goes, but your heart is able to return to a normal rhythm on its own. People who fall in this classification may have episodes a few times a year. These symptoms are unpredictable and sometimes can turn into a permanent form of atrial fibrillation.
AFib is considered continuous when symptoms stick around for more than one week and persist for over a year. This type of AFib will not return to normal rhythm on its own usually and will require some form of treatment.
Permanent AFib is when you have a constant irregular heartbeat all the time. This condition lasts indefinitely and usually the doctor and patient both agree to no longer attempt to restore a normal rhythm.
Click here to print out our 3 Types of AFib infographic. If you’re classified in one of these three types of AFib, ask your Health Advisor for pointers on how to better manage your symptoms!