Don't Flutter Around with AFib

hands in the shape of a heart - 2/12/2019

If you feel a fluttering sensation in your throat, neck, or chest while performing your daily activities, it could be an indication that a visit with your physician is needed. Men and women should not ignore these heart flutters. Atrial Fibrillation or AFib is when the upper chambers of the heart (atria) quiver or flutter. This irregular beating causes the blood to move inefficiently through your heart.

While AFib is not usually life threatening, it can increase your risk of stroke and heart disease. Your quality of life can be significantly impacted by some of the following AFib symptoms:

· Anxiety

· Shortness of breath

· Weakness

· Chronic fatigue 

· Lightheadedness/dizziness 

· Rapid or irregular heartbeats 

· Swelling of the lower extremities

· Decreased stamina

“AFib is a common heart rhythm disturbance,” said Thabet Alsheikh, M.D., FACC, FHRS, electrophysiologist. “It has a variety of symptoms. Many patients never know they have it. The most concerning thing is the risk of having a stroke. That’s why talking to a doctor and seeking treatment for AFib is essential.”

According to researchers at the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the likelihood of developing AFib increases with age. Other factors can also increase a person’s risk of developing AFib, such as family history, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, alcohol consumption, and other chronic conditions.

The Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute (BHVI) multidisciplinary team can help identify the best treatment option for you or your loved one. Having a personalized plan of care will put you in control of your health.

BHVI Treatment options include:

· EKG, echocardiogram, external or implantable monitoring

· Medication therapies

· Surgical Procedures:

   o Catheter Ablation

  o Left Atrial Appendage Closure (Watchman)

  o Convergent Procedure

Your heart is your lifeline. Let the AFib Center at BHVI get you back to doing what you love.