Your heart is like a living pump. It keeps you alive by continuously circulating life giving blood throughout your body.When you experience body circulation problems, it can be directly connected to something working improperly in your heart. When it comes to AFib, science shows this disorder to be negatively affected by an improperly working electrical issue. If your heart’s electrical system fails to work properly, your heart’s chambers also fail to work in a natural rhythm.
Your heart’s electrical system controls each heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation is a problem when your heart’s normal patterns are changed.With changes in your body’s electrical system, you may also eventually experience circulation problems as well.
Your heart’s electrical current travels from the top to the bottom of your heart. This means your heartbeat starts at the top of the heart.Then,similar to an electrical wave, the electrical current travels to the lower chambers and tissues of your heart, signaling your heart to contract in a specific rhythm.
The top chambers of your heart are called atrium.The bottom chambers are called ventricles. Together your atrium and ventricles contract and pump blood so it correctly circulates out to the lungs and the body.
Imagine a pump circulating water in a small fish pond in a neighbor’s backyard.The pump, connected to electricity, keeps the water moving. If the electrical current becomes intermittent, the pump fails to circulate water in the pond continuously.
Similar to a pump consistently and reliably keeping water moving in the pond, your heart regularly circulates blood throughout your body. When your heart’s electrical system becomes challenged, your heart’s rhythm is also affected.With AFib, you may start to experience circulation problems. It is underappreciated by even doctors how atrial fibrillation can cause circulation problems.
In the human heart, there is a group of cells called the sinoatrial (SA) node.In all human hearts, the SA node starts the heart contracting in the top of the heart.When you have AFib, the SA node may not start the contraction. Instead, you may experience contractions randomly starting in other atrial heart areas or perhaps in the pulmonary veins.
Another group of cells called the atrioventricular (AV) node, regulates timing for the lower portion of your heart. The AV node is like a traffic cop, directing all your heart’selectrical pulses going through the top chambers of your heart (atrium) to your heart’s bottom chambers (ventricles.)The AV node intentionally delays passing electrical pulses from the atrium to the ventricles.This electrical impulse delay gives the ventricles the right amount of time to finish filling up with blood before contracting. Then, the pattern begins again. This phenomenon is so amazing, isn’t it?
When your heart is unable to beat with a regular rhythm, you may experience circulation challenges such as cold hands and feet.In AFib, your heart insufficiently pumps blood throughout your body. When the warm blood fails to circulate the veins and capillaries in your feet and hands, theyfeel cold.Patients can also develop swelling in their legs as well. Properly treated AFibcan often eliminate the symptoms of poor circulation caused by the AFib. This is why being treated medically is very important for people with AFib.
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