understanding atrial fibrillation
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Understanding Atrial Fibrillation
Understanding Atrial Fibrillation Elizabeth MorseOhio University
What Is Atrial Fibrillation?Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)Can lead to blood clots,stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib.
What happens during AFib?Normally, your heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. In atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat irregularly (quiver) instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricles.
Rapid and irregular heartbeatPalpitationsFluttering or Thumping in the ChestShortness of Breath and AnxietyDizziness, Faintness, or ConfusionChest Pain or Pressure
What Causes AFib?
Management Restoring the heart to a normal rhythm Reducing an overly high heart rate Preventing blood clotsManaging risk factors for Stroke
Preventing Clots with Medication Antiplatelets AnticoagulantsHeart Rate Controlling Medications Beta BlockersCalcium Channel BlockersDigoxinHeart Rhythm Controlling MedicationsPotassium Channel BlockersSodium Channel Blockers
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Electrical cardioversion The Rhythm ResetCatheter Ablation
Surgical Treatment Options
PacemakerOpen Heart Maze Procedure