Atrial Fibrillation (AF or AFib) is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to and increase your risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.
High Blood Pressure occurs when the force of blood pushing against the arteries is too high. As your heart continues to work harder to pump blood, your heart loses its regular rhythm which can cause AFib.
A Heart Attack can cause AFib when the conditions of the heart attack damage the atrial tissue, causing an irregular heart rhythm (AFib).
CAD is the build-up of fat and cholesterol in your arteries which can cause reduced blood flow to the heart or a heart attack. This can cause AFib.
Valvular heart disease can cause AFib by increasing the amount of work the heart has to do to pump blood. This can enlarge the heart and cause an irregular rhythm (AFib).
A Pulmonary Embolism occurs when a blood clot forms in the leg and travels to the lungs. This can cause your heart to work harder and disrupt the normal rhythm.
There are many lung diseases that can lead to AFib, including asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, TB, pulmonary edema, lung cancer and others.
There are 4 types of AFib, paroxysmal, persistent, long-term persistent, and permanent. This can determine how your AFib will respond to treatment.
Your doctor may be able to discuss what is causing your AFib.
Exercising with AFib is very important. Unfortunately, the symptoms of AFib can make it difficult. Make sure to warm up before activity and work up to different levels of activity over time. Discuss with your doctor if they recommend that you avoid doing any activities.
Your doctor will be able to discuss your treatment plan with you to determine how to best proceed.
There are many different types of blood thinners. Discuss with your doctor which option may be right for you.
Occasionally, AFib can go away on its own but it is still important to continue to monitor your health. Sometimes AFib can be permanent or you can also have intermittent AFib episodes. It is important to discuss your options for treatment with your healthcare provider.
Heart related conditions that increase your risk of Atrial Fibrillation are
Additionally, other medical conditions including
There are also lifestyle factors that can increase your risk for AFib. They include
Additionally, being older than 65 increases your risk.
It is important to reduce your risk factors by managing your medications and making lifestyle changes. Reducing these can help reduce symptoms and your risk for complications.
Your doctor will insert a catheter through a vein in your leg, shoulder or neck to modify the tissues in your heart that are causing the irregular heartbeat. This is a minimally-invasive procedure and many patients are able to leave the hospital the same day!
Similar to catheter ablation, your doctor will modify the tissues causing the irregular heart beat but will do so by entering through your chest.
Your doctor will insert a catheter through a vein in your leg, shoulder or neck and insert a device that prevents blood clots from escaping. This is an effective way to reduce the risk of stroke. This is a minimally-invasive procedure and many patients are able to leave the next day!
99% of patients are able to stop taking warfarin within 1 year of the procedure.
You may be able to manage your AFib through the use of medications including anti-arrhythmics and blood thinners. Discuss with your doctor if this option is right for you.