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An Overview of Atrial Fibrillation

Last updated 2 years ago

Normally, the electrical system of the heart transmits signals to maintain its regular heartbeat. In patients with atrial fibrillation; however, the electrical signals are irregular or do not transmit properly, causing an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent kind of arrhythmia. If you have atrial fibrillation, consult a cardiovascular specialist to learn more about your condition. A cardiovascular specialist can help you explore treatment options and lifestyle changes to manage your condition.

Causes and Risk Factors

Most of the time, atrial fibrillation is the result of another heart condition that damages the electrical system. These conditions can include coronary heart disease and high blood pressure. In other cases, it’s not known what causes atrial fibrillation. However, the risk of developing this condition increases with age and with lifestyle factors, such as alcohol consumption and obesity.

Symptoms

Atrial fibrillation can cause a range of symptoms, including some that mimic the symptoms of a heart attack such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Patients with atrial fibrillation may feel dizzy or faint, and they may be overly fatigued and confused. Weakness, difficulty exercising, and heart palpitations are also associated with this condition.

Treatment Options

Undergoing treatment for atrial fibrillation can reduce the risk of suffering complications such as stroke and heart failure. A cardiovascular specialist may prescribe blood-thinning medications to reduce the risk of blood clots, and they may recommend medications to regulate the heartbeat and heart rhythm. Some patients may require procedures, such as a catheter ablation.

Prevention Methods

By leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, you can reduce the risk of suffering from atrial fibrillation and other cardiovascular conditions. Avoid smoking, stay physically active, and maintain a healthy weight. Limit your alcohol consumption, and eat a diet low in fat and high in fiber.

Arrhythmia Center of Florida at the Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is dedicated to providing quality and timely care for our patients. We are fully staffed with expert physicians and electrophysiologists who are committed to giving our patients the care they need while experiencing a cardiac arrhythmia. Call our hospital in Hudson, FL at (888) 741-5119 to request an appointment with a cardiovascular specialist.

 

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