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Atrial Fibrillation Specialist

Internal Medicine Practices

Primary Care, Geriatric Care & Internal Medicine Specialists located in Lady Lake, FL & Tavares, FL

If you experience chest pain or an irregular heartbeat, it could be a sign of atrial fibrillation. The skilled physicians at Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, diagnose and treat atrial fibrillation to reduce your risk of developing severe complications. Call the Internal Medicine Practices office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.

Atrial Fibrillation Q & A

What is atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is a condition that affects your heartbeat. It causes irregular or very rapid heart rhythms, and sometimes, blood clots in the heart. It increases your risk of heart failure, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems. See your doctor at the first sign of atrial fibrillation to reduce your risk of developing severe medical problems.

What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

Symptoms that could indicate you or a loved one has atrial fibrillation include:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Pounding chest
  • Chest fluttering
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty exercising

Blood clots and strokes are everyday worries with untreated atrial fibrillation. 

What are the risk factors for atrial fibrillation?

While anyone can develop atrial fibrillation, certain things raise your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Heart disease
  • Older age
  • Thyroid disease
  • Other chronic diseases
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Family history of atrial fibrillation

Ways to reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation include:

  • Eating healthy foods
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Not smoking
  • Limiting or avoiding caffeine and alcohol

You should also make every effort to manage the stress in your life properly.

How does my doctor diagnose atrial fibrillation?

To find out if you have atrial fibrillation, your provider discusses your symptoms and medical history. They check your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs and listen to your heartbeat.

They could recommend blood tests, an electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG), other heart function tests, an echocardiogram, a stress test, chest X-rays, or other imaging procedures.

How is atrial fibrillation treated?

Common treatments for atrial fibrillation include:

Lifestyle changes

If you have atrial fibrillation, your provider encourages you to adopt healthier habits. Eat healthy foods, get regular exercise, don’t smoke, and maintain a healthy weight.

Medicine

Taking prescription medications can reduce atrial fibrillation and the complications that come with it.

Cardioversion therapy

Cardioversion therapy resets your heart’s rhythm using electrical cardioversion or medication cardioversion (IVs or oral medicines).

Surgical procedures

If other treatments haven’t worked, your Internal Medicine Practices physician might recommend cardiac ablation using radiofrequency energy or extreme cold. They could also suggest another minor surgical procedure to restore your heart’s normal rhythm.

Call the nearest Internal Medicine Practices office today or schedule an appointment online at the first sign of atrial fibrillation.

Fax: 949-543-2074