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Atrial Fibrillation

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial Fibrillation, a type of arrhythmia commonly referred to as “AFib,” occurs when the heart’s upper chamber beats out of sync with the lower chambers. This causes an irregular “fluttering” or “quivering” of the heart rate.

What are the causes and symptoms atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is generally the result of abnormalities in or damage to the heart’s structure. Additional possible causes and risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Abnormal heart valves
  • Congenital heart defects
  • An overactive thyroid gland or other metabolic imbalance
  • Exposure to stimulants, such as medications, caffeine, tobacco or alcohol
  • Lung diseases
  • Previous heart surgery
  • Viral infections
  • Stress due to surgery, pneumonia or other illnesses
  • Sleep apnea

Atrial fibrillation can vary in its frequency and duration, from occasionally to more persistent or even permanent. As such, symptoms may not always be present, and an individual may be unaware of their atrial fibrillation until it is discovered in an exam. When symptoms do occur, they include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Chest pain

How is atrial fibrillation treated?

Though not life-threatening by itself, if left untreated, atrial fibrillation can lead to other, more serious heart conditions, such as blood clots, stroke, or heart failure. Because atrial fibrillation can last for years, treatment often consists of a combination of medication and lifestyle changes, with certain procedures—such as electrical shock (cardioversion) or minimally invasive ablations— required in severe cases.

Whether you need preventative treatment or emergency intervention, the team of medical professionals at CardioVascular Health Clinic has the experience and the dedication to provide unparalleled care for a wide range of heart disorders and diseases.

Don’t wait another day to find out if you or a loved one has atrial fibrillation. Call CardioVascular Health Clinic today at (405) 701-9880 or schedule an appointment online.

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