8 Myths About Atrial Fibrillation
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Misconceptions Persist About Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation – or afib – is an irregular, rapid heartbeat and is the most common heart arrhythmia. It's the result of a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system. Despite it being a common condition, many misconceptions exist. Here are the myths and facts you should know about afib.


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