Atrial fibrillation is a condition of irregular heart rate. It occurs when the signals beat chaotically through the chambers of the heart.
Atrial fibrillation also referred to as “AFib”. AFib is a common type of Arrhythmia. A heart arrhythmia is a condition called when your heart beats in an irregular way. It may be slow or fast.
This condition is not life-threatening. But when it occurs it needs medical treatment. If this left untreated, it can result in serious problems. The condition may put you at risk of the following:
The treatment for AFib may include medication. The medication is used for a long-term. It is to control and prevent the condition to occur.
What Causes Atrial fibrillation?
The cause of atrial fibrillation is the damage of the heart structure. The following are factors that may be a possible cause of AFib such as:
Signs and Symptoms of Atrial fibrillation
The signs and symptoms for this condition don’t actually appear. A person with AFib will not know they have it. The symptoms of AFib may include:
Diagnosing Atrial fibrillation
In diagnosing, your doctor will examine your signs and symptoms first. Then afterward, your medical history. Then he will conduct you a physical exam. After doing the screening, he may suggest you undergo tests. This is to diagnose you with your condition.
The tests may include:
How To Prevent Atrial fibrillation?
To prevent AFib, you must have to change your lifestyle including:
How to Treat Atrial fibrillation?
The treatment will depend on how long you had AFib. Also the symptoms and causes of your condition. The goals in treating AFib are to:
To treat the condition your doctor will reset your heart rate into normal. This procedure is known as “Cardioversion”. It has two ways such as:
After conducting the cardioversion, he will prescribe you a medication. This is used to prevent future episodes of AFib. The medication may include:
Other treatment may include: