Atrial Fibrillation

Monday, December 05, 2016

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about atrial fibrillation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Atrial fibrillation is caused by a problem with your hearts electrical system. It causes the upper chamber of your heart to shake, and not pump blood well.

If you have atrial fibrillation, your heartbeat may feel fast and uneven. You may also feel weak, tired or short of breath. You may find it hard to exercise. Some people may feel faint or have chest pain.

You are at risk if you have high blood pressure; a history of heart disease; lung disease; an overactive thyroid; or sleep apnea. You are also at risk if you drink a lot of alcohol or use stimulant drugs.

Most patients will take medicine to slow down the heart so that it can pump better. Your doctor may also recommend trying to restore a normal heart rate using medicines or an electrical procedure called cardioversion. You may also be prescribed blood thinners to prevent a stroke.

Follow your doctors instructions for taking medicine, and keep regular follow-up visits with your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.