Posted 6/13/2012 5:38 PM (GMT -7)
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. As this is the heart forum I will address the Atrial Fib. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm. The irregular rhythm, or arrhythmia, results from abnormal electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart that cause the heartbeat (ventricle contraction) to be irregular and usually fast. The irregularity can be continuous, or it can come and go. Some individuals, especially patients on medications, may have atrial fibrillation constantly but not have a rapid (>100 heartbeats per minute) rate at rest. A fib is the most common heart arrhythmia. If treated properly, atrial fibrillation infrequently causes serious or life-threatening problems.
Treatment for atrial fibrillation traditionally seeks three goals: to slow down the heart rate, to restore and maintain normal heart rhythm, and to prevent blood clots that may lead to strokes.
What kind of treatment plan did your Dr. start you on ? The three most critical issues that your doctor will need to address in treating your atrial fibrillation are:
- The severity of the patient’s symptoms
- Preventing a stroke
- Minimizing the risk of heart failure
This is where you become your own best advocate but letting your Dr. know what is important to you.
This forum is where you can come to talk about any BP issues you may have as well as recovery from your stroke.
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~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
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