Some symptoms of atrial fibrillation need urgent medical evaluation. Callor other emergency services immediately if you:Have severe chest pain.Experience any signs of a stroke.Feel faint and have an irregular heartbeat.If you see someone pass out, callor other emergency services immediately.Call your doctor if you have:An irregular heart rate.Heart palpitations.Periods of unexplained ...
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) helps protect you against dangerous heart rhythms. It's important to know how this device works and how to keep it working right. Learning a few important facts about ICDs can help you get the best results from your device.You may have a device that combines an ICD with a pacemaker, which keeps your heart from beating too slowly. For more information on pacemakers, see Heart Problems: Living With a Pacemaker.Key pointsAvoid strong magnetic and electrical fields. These can keep your device from working right. Most office equipment and home appliances are safe to use. Learn which things you should use with caution and which you should stay away from.Know what to do when you get a shock from your ICD. Be sure that any doctor, dentist, or other health professional you see knows that you have an ICD. Always carry a card in your wallet that tells what kind of device you have. Wear medical alert jewelry that says you have an ICD. Have your
Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include:Age older than 60.Being white and male.Heart failure.Heart valve disease.High blood pressure.Coronary artery disease and heart attack.Obesity.4A family history of atrial fibrillation.5Surgery on the heart.A history of rheumatic fever.Infection, such as pneumonia or endocarditis.Lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...
Electrical cardioversion is a procedure in which an electric current is used to reset the heart's rhythm back to its regular pattern (normal sinus rhythm). The low - voltage electric current enters the body through metal paddles or patches applied to the chest wall. Cardioversion is used:To stop atrial fibrillation that has not stopped on its own or after a trial of antiarrhythmic medications has
Most people with atrial fibrillation don't have to change their daily activities. You can live well and safely with atrial fibrillation.There are some precautions you can take to prevent problems from atrial fibrillation. For example, tell your doctor about any activities that trigger an episode of atrial fibrillation. And talk to your doctor before you start a new exercise program or change your workouts. The table below describes some of the ways your life may be affected by your arrhythmia. It also offers tips on preventing problems.Impact of atrial fibrillation on your daily lifeAspect of lifePotential impact of atrial fibrillationTips for successStressStressful situations can trigger an episode of atrial fibrillation or make your atrial fibrillation worse.Try to lower the amount of stress at work or with family.Try meditation and other relaxation techniques when stress is unavoidable. WorkMost people with atrial fibrillation can continue working.Avoid strenuous activity and
If you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), ask your doctor what type and level of exercise is safe for you. Regular activity can help keep your heart and body healthy.The type and amount of exercise that is allowable will vary depending on the cause of your abnormal heart rhythm and whether you have other forms of heart disease. If your irregular heartbeat is caused by another type of heart disease (such as cardiomyopathy or a valve problem), you may need to limit your activity because of the other heart disease.Before you start a new exercise program or change your current exercise program:Talk with your doctor. He or she may do a physical exam, an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), and possibly a stress ECG test to assess what level of activity your heart can handle. Make an exercise plan together with your doctor. An exercise program usually consists of stretching, activities that increase your heart rate (aerobic exercise), and strength training (lifting light weights). Make
Learning about atrial fibrillation:What is atrial fibrillation?What causes atrial fibrillation?What goes wrong in atrial fibrillation?What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?What increases my risk for atrial fibrillation?What else could be causing my symptoms?When do I need to see my doctor?Being diagnosed:How will my doctor diagnose atrial fibrillation?What is an electrocardiogram?Getting ..
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