Atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib, is a serious heart condition, and the most-common heart arrhymthmia beyond simple skipped heartbeats. It can also increase your risk for all sorts of serious heart conditions, and increase your risk for stroke five times.
How can you be on guard against A-Fib? Just take your pulse. A-Fib is characterized by a rapid or irregular heartbeat, so taking your pulse a couple of times a day can be a great way to stay in touch with what’s going on in there. If you’re over 55, it’s fifteen seconds, twice a day, that could save your life.
And to help you find out more about A-Fib, we worked with our partners at the St. Claire Group and St.Vincent Health to create TakeYourPulse.org. If you’re not sure how to take your pulse and calculate your heart rate–or how to interpret the results–you’ll get some friendly advice from Archie Manning. We’ve mentioned in the past how much fun it is to work with Archie. The guy’s a pro, in more ways than one.