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Atrial Fibrillation




Electrical cardioversion
is an electrical shock delivered to your chest using padels or patches. The intense electrical shock produced by electrical cardioversion interrupts your hearts electrical pulses and, in many cases, resolves the irregularity.

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Blood Thinners
Since atrial fibrillation dramatically increases the risk of developing potential stroke causing blood clots, your doctor may prescribe blood thinning medications. These, powerful medications decrease the likelihood that blood clots will develop in your heart and bloodstream thus reducing your risk for stroke.

Surgery
In the event that cardioversion and medication do not effectively treat the atrial fibrillation, your doctor may recommend using a surgical approach to tackling your heart problem. 

Radiofrequency catheter ablation
Radiofrequency catheter ablation is a procedure where a long tube called a catheter is fed into your heart through an artery in your groin area. The catheter directs radiofrequency energy into the specific areas of your heart that may be responsible for creating the irregularity in your heart beat.

Surgical maze procedure
The surgical maze procedure occurs during open heart surgery and, in some cases, a pacemaker may need to be implanted after the procedure is complete. With the surgical maze procedure, a pattern of several tiny incisions are made in the upper chambers of your heart. Since, the scar tissue created by this pattern of incisions does not carry electricity; this procedure can be highly successful in resolving the irregular electrical impulses created by atrial fibrillation.   



Treating
Atrial Fibrillation

Although atrial fibrillation can be a dangerous condition, there are several treatment options available to help manage the disease and control the risks associated with it. The type of treatment you receive will depend on several factors, some of which include; the length of time you`ve had atrial fibrillation, the underlying cause of the disorder, as well as how bothersome the symptoms are.

The 2 main goals your doctor may be looking to achieve when treating atrial fibrillation are:

  • Preventing blood clots from forming thus reducing the risk of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation
  • Controlling or re-setting the irregular heart rhythm produced by atrial fibrillation

In some instances, atrial fibrillation can be triggered by a specific incident or condition such as a thyroid issue, asthma, or sleep apnea. In these cases, if the original condition that produced atrial fibrillation can be treated, the heart rhythm may be resolved without further intervention. 

Cardioversion
Cardioversion is a treatment meant to correct the irregular heart beat produced by atrial fibrillation. There are 2 types of cardioversion; medicinal, and electrical. With medicinal cardioversion your doctor may either use intravenous or oral medication to help restore the normal rhythm of your heart. These medications are traditionally administered in a hospital where your heart rate can be closely monitored.


 

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