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