Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation Specialist
Atrial fibrillation is a fairly common heart problem. Patients who suffer from this condition need to seek treatment to avoid complications like blood clots, stroke, or heart failure. Dr. Rany Saleh at New York Medicine Doctors in New York City has the cardiology expertise and knowledge to help patients through ultrasonic energy, proactive lifestyle changes, and other custom treatments.

Atrial Fibrillation Q & A

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What is atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. Treatment can be very successful for this condition, especially if patients are proactive about getting help.

Why does atrial fibrillation happen?

Atrial fibrillation is often connected to high blood pressure, as well as:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Extreme alcohol intoxication
  • Autonomic nervous system changes

Atrial fibrillation may also begin after a patient has cardiac surgery. Although not common, there's sometimes no obvious reason for atrial fibrillation. This is more common in younger people, and it's known as lone atrial fibrillation.

What are the dangers of atrial fibrillation?

When a heart attack happens, the heart isn't able to get enough blood, resulting in heart muscle damage. When a stroke occurs, part of the brain isn't able to get sufficient blood supply, which can result in brain damage and neurological problems. Atrial fibrillation is connected to both heart attack and stroke in some cases.

It's a particularly common reason for strokes in older people, especially those over age 75. Atrial fibrillation can cause blood clots that lead to stroke, especially in cases where the patient has conditions like:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure

How can atrial fibrillation be treated?

Atrial fibrillation can be treated in many of its forms. One of the most easily treated types is paroxysmal atrial fibrillation -- which occurs when the heart's otherwise totally healthy -- and it tends to come and go. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and other less complicated forms can be treated with ultrasonic energy, which is delivered directly into the problem area. Some cases require surgery.

Simple lifestyle adjustments may also help resolve the problem. Dr. Saleh at New York Medicine Doctors will identify the cause of atrial fibrillation and then treat the patient accordingly.

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