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 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.
Symptoms that could indicate you or a loved one has atrial fibrillation include:
Blood clots and strokes are everyday worries with untreated atrial fibrillation.
While anyone can develop atrial fibrillation, certain things raise your risk of developing it. Examples include:
Ways to reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation include:
You should also make every effort to manage the stress in your life properly.
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.
Common treatments for atrial fibrillation include:
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.
Taking prescription medications can reduce atrial fibrillation and the complications that come with it.
Cardioversion therapy resets your heart’s rhythm using electrical cardioversion or medication cardioversion (IVs or oral medicines).
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.