It’s estimated that between three and six million people in the United States have atrial fibrillation, or AFib, with older adults being the most likely sufferers. If you experience symptoms such as a rapid or irregular heartbeat, or if you feel fatigued for no apparent reason, please contact Dr. Rodolfo Farhy at the Heart and Vein Center. You can count on his extensive experience to provide the early treatment you need to prevent AFib from damaging your heart muscles. If you have any questions, call his office in Lathrup Village, Michigan, or use the convenient online booking feature to schedule a heart checkup.
A normal heartbeat begins when a group of specialized cells in the upper right chamber of your heart, the right atria, send out an electrical signal. As this signal travels through your heart, it triggers muscle contractions in each of the four chambers. These contractions occur in the precise order and timing needed to maintain a regular heartbeat.
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, develops when the initial electrical signal originates in a different area of the heart. As a result, the electrical signals in the two upper chambers -- the left and right atria -- become disordered or chaotic. This causes them to beat in a rapid and disorganized pattern.
There are three primary types of atrial fibrillation:
AFib doesn’t always cause symptoms, but when it does, you may experience:
These symptoms may sound familiar because they’re warning signs for several types of cardiovascular disease. Please call the Heart and Vein Center any time you’re concerned about your heart.
If an underlying health problem is identified, Dr. Farhy begins appropriate treatment for that condition. He also evaluates lifestyle factors that contribute to heart arrhythmias, such as being overweight, and helps you make a plan to change any issues.
Treatment for AFib often includes medications to prevent blood clots, control your heart rate, and restore a normal heart rhythm. Several procedures may also be considered to treat atrial fibrillation, such as: