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Watching for signs of Atrial Fibrillation

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We all know what it feels like for our heart to beat faster after exercise. But what does it mean when it races or skips a beat for no reason?

An abnormal heart rhythm, or Atrial Fibrillation, could be a clue that you're at risk of a stroke or congestive heart failure.

September is Atrial Fibrillation month, and  cardiologist Dr. Aurelio Cervera says although your heart may sound perfect during a regular check-up, it's up to you to watch for signs that there may be trouble.

Cervera says that many times after a stroke, it is discovered that the patient had an irregular heart rhythm that allowed blood to clot while the heart was disorganized, which caused the blood to flow slowly.

To avoid that, and learn early if you have an abnormal heart rhythm, Cervera suggests a website called hrsonline.org, from the Heart Rhythm Society. It provides a test you can take to determine your risk.

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