Medical Alerts for Seniors with Atrial Fibrillation

Medical Alerts for Seniors with Atrial Fibrillation

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 28, 2019


Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF)is a rapid and often irregular heartbeat. The condition puts the sufferer at an increased risk for a stroke, heart failure, blood clots and other heart-related conditions.

Atrial Fibrillation Introduction

A normally functioning heart will contract and relax to create what is considered a regular heartbeat. With atrial fibrillation, the heart’s upper chambers (known as the atria) beat irregularly and create a quiver. The abnormal beat does not effectively move blood through the ventricles of the heart. This can cause blood clots to form.

In some individuals, atrial fibrillation comes and goes. Ongoing atrial fibrillation is a serious health condition that requires treatment to normalize the heart. The condition is usually treated with the use of medications, or an SA node to control the heart’s electrical impulses.

Atrial Fibrillation Impairment

Often, atrial fibrillation will present no symptoms and impairments in the sufferer. However, it may be accompanied by some signs that the sufferer could just mistakenly accept as symptoms of natural aging.

Impairments that may accompany atrial fibrillation include:

  • Fatigue
  • Breathlessness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • A reduced ability to exercise
Medical Alert Benefits

Even with treatment, atrial fibrillation remains a serious health condition. Medical alert services allow you to immediately summon life-saving medical assistance if you should start to experience chest pain, breathlessness or confusion. If you should fall because of the dizziness caused by atrial fibrillation, you can quickly summon immediate help.

Some patients with atrial fibrillation will experience no symptoms, but most will have a few of the following indications that there is a problem with their cardiovascular system.

  • Chest pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Palpitations
Safety Without Medical Alerts

Yes, you can opt to maintain your independent lifestyle without medical alert services. However, if you suffer from atrial fibrillation, then you should take a few safety precautions.

  • Weakness: If you start to experience weakness then it might be a good idea to use a walker or a cane to move from room to room. Such mobility devices will help stabilize you and may prevent a possible fall.
  • Fatigue: Sometimes rising from the bed might seem like an insurmountable task. Having a stand and assist next to your bed will help you get out of bed and lay down safely.
  • Confusion: If you are experiencing bouts of confusion, then you may forget where you put the phone to call for help if an emergency should arise. Ideally, you should carry a cell phone with you at all times. You can also have a home phone installed in each room, so you don’t have to scramble trying to find a phone to call for help.
Atrial Fibrillation Precautions
  • Medications: It is imperative that you take all your medications exactly how the doctor prescribes to control your atrial fibrillation. Do not skip a dose or lower the dosage without consulting your doctor first.
  • Chest pain: Chest pain, even slight chest pain, can indicate a life-threatening condition, so you should not hesitate to call for medical assistance. 
  • Exercise: Exercise can strengthen the heart. However, before embarking on any new exercise regimen, you should first consult with your physician.
Atrial Fibrillation Medical Alerts Conclusion

The older a person becomes, the greater the risk that they will develop atrial fibrillation. Medical alert services are designed to give you peace of mind by letting you quickly and effortlessly summon for immediate help if you should start feeling unwell or experience an emergency. Atrial fibrillation can lead to a serious health crisis that requires prompt treatment, so having these alerts in place would be quite beneficial.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.