In-depth

Complications

Low blood pressure (hypotension)

Low blood pressure (hypotension) can be a sign of good health or of a life-threatening condition. Find out more about hypotension's causes and treatment options.

Coping and support

Atrial fibrillation and managing stress

Caregiving for someone with atrial fibrillation

Lifestyle and home remedies

Planning to travel with atrial fibrillation

Risk factors

Reduce your risk of stroke if you have atrial fibrillation

Symptoms

Heart palpitations

Heart palpitations are skipped, fluttering or racing heartbeats that aren't usually a symptom of a serious heart problem. Discover the causes and symptoms of this condition.

Shortness of breath

Tests and diagnosis

Echocardiogram

Electrocardiogram

Holter monitor

X-ray

Treatments and drugs

Cardiac ablation

Dec. 05, 2015
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