Atrial Fibrilation (AFib) is a type of arrhythmia, aka an irregular heartbeat. If you have an arrhythmia, your heart may beat faster or slower than others without arrhythmia.
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, that affects the heart's upper chambers, called the atria. In AFib, the electrical signals in the atria become disorganized, causing the atria to quiver or fibrillate, rather than contract normally.
As a result, the heart's rhythm becomes irregular and can range from too fast to too slow. This can cause blood to pool in the atria, which can lead to the formation of blood clots. If a blood clot travels to the brain, it can cause a stroke.
AFib is the most common type of arrhythmia. The risk of developing AFib increases with age and with certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
What are some symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?
Symptoms of AFib can include palpitations (a feeling of fluttering or racing in the chest), shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, and chest discomfort. Some people with AFib may not experience any symptoms.
How is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) surgery is used, and refers to a range of procedures that are used to treat atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the heart beats irregularly and often faster than normal. The goal of AFib surgery is to restore normal heart rhythm, improve symptoms, and reduce the risk of complications.
Maze procedure is a type of AFib Surgery that we use. This is can either be an open-heart surgery or a minimally invasive surgery that creates a series of scar lines in the heart tissue to create a new electrical pathway for the heart's electrical signals to follow.
The minimally invasive procedure uses small incisions and is associated with a shorter recovery time and reduced pain compared to open-heart surgery.
The type of AFib surgery used depends on the individual's specific condition and the severity of their symptoms. Some people may require a combination of procedures to achieve the best results.
It is important to receive appropriate medical care for coronary heart disease to manage risk factors and improve outcomes. Regular follow-up with your doctor is important to monitor the condition and adjust treatment as needed.
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