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Atrial Fibrillation Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Atrial Fibrillation

  1. Does Alcohol Cause AFib?

    Drinking alcohol can be good for your heart, but it can also raise your chances of getting atrial fibrillation (AFib) or triggering an episode.

  2. Atrial Fibrillation - When to Call a Doctor

    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 ...

  3. Atrial Fibrillation - Treatment Overview

    Treating atrial fibrillation is important for several reasons. An irregular, rapidly beating heart can weaken the heart muscle and cause it to dilate or stretch out. This can increase your risk of developing heart failure or having chest pain or even a heart attack. Also, atrial fibrillation can greatly increase your risk of having a stroke. Many people are able to live full and active lives ...

  4. Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

    If medication is not effective or not tolerated for atrial fibrillation, a nonsurgical procedure called radiofrequency catheter ablation may be chosen. In this procedure thin, flexible wires are inserted into a vein in the groin and threaded up through the vein and into the heart. Through an electrode at the tip of the wires, radio waves can be delivered to selectively destroy heart tissue ...

  5. Antiarrhythmic Medicines for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Antiarrhythmic medications for atrial fibrillation.

  6. Atrial Fibrillation - Exams and Tests

    An electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) is the best and simplest way to determine whether you have atrial fibrillation. An electrocardiogram is a recording of the electrical activity of your heart. It is usually done along with a medical history and physical exam and a chest X - ray. During your exam, your doctor will take your blood pressure to determine whether you have high blood pressure. If your ...

  7. Atrial Fibrillation - Living With Atrial Fibrillation

    Since atrial fibrillation is often the result of an underlying heart condition, making changes to improve your heart condition will usually improve your overall health. Some of these changes include:Quitting smoking. Quitting smoking may be the most important step you can take to prevent coronary artery disease. For more information, see the topic Quitting Tobacco Use.Controlling your ...

  8. Atrial Fibrillation - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take anticoagulants to prevent stroke? Should I try cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Taking anticoagulants for .

  9. Atrial Fibrillation - Frequently Asked Questions

    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 ..

  10. Atrial Fibrillation - Other Treatment

    Electrical cardioversion is frequently used for atrial fibrillation to restore a normal sinus rhythm if the heart rhythm does not convert on its own. You may also elect to have cardioversion if you find your symptoms bothersome.If your atrial fibrillation has recently started and it has been continuously present for less than 48 hours, your doctor may consider using electrical cardioversion or ...

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