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Electrophysiology is a specialized area of cardiology focusing on the treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities. We provide evaluation and treatment of people with known heart rhythm abnormalities, as well as syncope (fainting), and other symptoms that may suggest the presence of electrical problems in the heart. We also provide surgical implantation of devices that prevent sudden death from heart rhythm problems (defibrillators), and treat slow-beating hearts (pacemakers).
Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart arrhythmia affecting more than three million people in the U.S. It is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat, causing the heart to beat quickly or irregularly. In atrial fibrillation, disorganized electrical signals originate in the heart’s upper chambers, or atria, which can be seen in an Electrocardiogram or “ECG.” Because contractions are not coordinated as in the normal heartbeat, the heart does not pump blood effectively to the rest of the body.
AFib has been described as feeling like fish flopping, drums pounding or thunder rumbling in your chest.
Paroxysmal: Comes and goes; usually stops on its own.
Persistent: Lasts more than one week; can become permanent
Permanent: Heart cannot be restored to normal rhythm
Rate Control: Treatment to make sure the heart doesn’t beat too quickly during AFib.
Rhythm Control: Treatment to restore the heart’s rhythm to a normal state, and keep it there.
Anticoagulation Medication: Blood thinners given to reduce the risk of stroke.
Suggested Lifestyle Changes: Get regular exercise, eat a heart-healthy diet, don’t smoke, and be aware of alcohol and caffeine intake.
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Information has been provided by both the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society for educational purposes only. Please visit your healthcare provider regarding your specific health needs.