Atrial Fibrillation – Resources for Patients

In 2019, Afib was mentioned on 183,321 death certificates and was the underlying cause in 26,535 of those deaths.



What is Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). The upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat irregularly instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricles. Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

What are the risk factors for Afib?

According to Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc., there are many risk factors that may increase your chances of developing AFib. These include but are not limited to:

  • Age 65 and older
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Heart disease, such as congestive
  • Heart failure and Coronary artery disease
  • Prior heart attacks
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Overactive thyroid

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of Afib, Do Not Wait. Please speak with your doctor or health care provider immediately.



Treatment for patients with Afib 

More than 750,000 hospitalizations occur each year because of AFib. The condition also contributes to nearly 130,000 deaths each year.




In 2020, The Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)-Pfizer Alliance launched the No Time to Wait campaign to raise awareness on the symptoms of atrial fibrillation. As part of this campaign, basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar partnered with BMS and Pfizer to shared his experience with Afib and what lead to his diagnosis. You can access the full press release here.