A few symptoms of atrial fibrillation may be:
- Lightheadedness and dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue and lesser ability for physical activities
- Angina or chest pain
- Palpitations or irregular heartbeats
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure and other cardiac complications. When atrial fibrillation happens, the atria and the ventricles or the upper and the lower chambers of the heart would not be synchronized with one another. It could either come sometimes and repeat at intervals or not go at all.
By itself, atrial fibrillation may not be very dangerous. However, it is a complex situation of the heart that screams for attention, because it can lead to blood clots and blood blockages.
The possible causes of atrial fibrillation could be chaotic electrical impulses. Inside your right atrium, the upper chamber is the sinus node, your heart’s natural pacemaker. The normal range for heartbeat is 60-100 per minute, whereas during atrial fibrillation, your heartbeat could be in the range of 100-175 per minute.
The possible causes for this phenomenon could be:
At Medanta, your doctor might use the following means to diagnose atrial fibrillation:...
At Medanta, your doctor might use the following means to diagnose atrial fibrillation:
Treatment offered to atrial fibrillation will depend on the root cause, the symptoms being experienced and severity of your condition. The two primary goals for atrial fibrillation are resetting the rhythm of heartbeat and preventing blood clots.<..
Treatment offered to atrial fibrillation will depend on the root cause, the symptoms being experienced and severity of your condition. The two primary goals for atrial fibrillation are resetting the rhythm of heartbeat and preventing blood clots.
A momentary pause in your heart’s electrical activity is brought about by delivering electrical shock. When the beats are restored back, in most of the cases the rhythm gets set back to normal.
Drugs that are referred to as anti-arrhythmia are used in this method to restore normal rhythm in the sinus. This could be either intravenous or oral administration. If this method works, you would be prescribed the same medication to be taken whenever the episodes reoccur.
A slender tube called catheter is inserted into your heart and the problematic areas are destroyed using radiofrequency energy.
This method requires an open-heart surgery in which your surgeon will use a scalpel to create many precise incisions in your atria, to create a pattern of scar tissue. These scar tissues do not conduct electricity and they reduce rapid discharge of electrical impulses.
In this procedure, radiofrequency is applied to atrioventricular node. A pacemaker is then implanted to monitor the rhythm of the heart. After this process, you might be continuously required to take blood-thinning medication to reduce the possibilities of getting a blood clot and a stroke.
If you have symptoms like weakness, chest pain, reduced ability to exercise, fainting, and shortness of breath, contact your doctor immediately.
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