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In general, the human heart beats around 60 to 80 times per minute, but in about one million people in Germany – more than 33 million worldwide – the heart rate can suddenly increase to up to 150 beats. These people suffer from atrial fibrillation, in Germany the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia requiring treatment. While atrial fibrillation in itself is generally not life-threatening, its consequences such as heart failure, heart attack, blood clots, and strokes can result in serious consequences or even death.

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