Did you know that there might be a cure for your racing heart, pounding chest and fainting spells? Recent clinical studies and advances in medical technology have led to new treatments that can control or eliminate many abnormal heart rhythms. "Irregular Heartbeats: Restoring the Rhythm" discusses how to recognize arrhythmia and what to do if you have it.
An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. It may feel like fluttering or a brief pause. It may be so brief that it doesn't change your overall heart rate (the number of times per minute that your heart beats). Or it can cause the heart rate to be too slow or too fast. Some arrhythmias don't cause any symptoms. Others can make you feel lightheaded or dizzy.
Atrial fibrillation, which is also known as Afib, is a serious health condition. If you've been diagnosed with Afib, it's very important that you learn how to manage it to avoid complications such as stroke. In this video you'll see how one patient learns about her atrial fibrillation and how to manage it.
When diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, the first line treatment that cardiologists typically recommend is medications. However, over time the medications may no longer be effective or may not provide symptom relief. In these cases your health care provider may recommend a heart procedure known as catheter ablation.
Medication is an important tool to help to manage AFib, but medications can differ in cost and side-effects. You have an important role in deciding the best medication for you based on lifestyle, budget and goals. In this video by the ACP, you'll learn about the importance of speaking with your healthcare provider about your medication options to pick the right one for you.
In atrial fibrillation (AFib), the heart's two small upper chambers (atria) don't beat the way they should. Instead of beating in a normal pattern, the atria beat irregularly and too fast, quivering like a bowl of gelatin. It's important for the heart to pump properly so your body gets the oxygen and food it needs.