Common Medical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Common Medical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

When you are first diagnosed with AFib, or, if your heart is missing beats, you can set your mind at ease knowing what are the common medical treatments for atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common type of serious heart arrhythmias, can be treated medically or with procedures. Although all the causes of AFib are still unknown, medical treatment for atrial fibrillation exists to help you manage your symptoms, medical treatment is often the first treatment strategy used by cardiologists.

Did you know that AFib is caused by abnormal, electrical signals in the heart? It’s true. These abnormal, electrical signals cause the atria, or the upper chambers of your heart, to fibrillate or quiver. Fibrillation or “heart quivering” typically feels like a spontaneous, unpredictable, fast and irregular heartbeat.

Know how life can sometimes feels exciting? The excitement of life can be seen as a stressor. Maybe you’ve heard that there is “good” stress and “bad” stress.

“Good” stress might be the excitement of getting married to your soul mate, or hearing really good news about you getting a job promotion. Those events are things you want to happen.

“Bad” stress also excites your body.Dealing with the loss of a loved one or being fired from a job can be examples of “bad” stress. No matter what stressors you experience in life, they involve your body’s nervous system and chemicals that support your life. When you experience too much stress of any type, eventually it can interrupt your body’s electrical system.

Compound experiencing stress with being affected by environmental toxins, aging, lack of sufficient exercise, poor diet, unhappy relationships, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and then you can understand some underlying causes that irritateAFib.That being said, there are many different medical treatment options available for atrial fibrillation.

Medical Treatment For Atrial Fibrillation
Of course, preventing sickness and disease would be a prudent first step in managing your health and wellness.This happens by living as healthy a lifestyle as possible.But many things, sometimes beyond your control, cause the heart to start malfunctioning.That is when medical treatment becomes necessary.

If you need medical treatment for atrial fibrillation, treat yourself with patience and respect. No need to blame yourself for being unable to prevent AFib. Sometimes that is just not possible, nor is it realistic.

To reduce stressful, out-of-control feelings about your AFib, knowing what to expect helps.The following lists the common medical treatments for atrial fibrillation:

• Taking specific medications to reduce symptoms, such as beta blockers
• Taking blood thinning medications to reduce risk of stroke
• Agreeing to a procedure called electrical cardioversion
• Participating in a procedure called catheter ablation
• Having a pacemaker inserted into your chest
• Receiving an open-heart surgery operation called The Maze procedure

New to the Houston area and need a cardiologist who specializes in atrial fibrillation? Contact Dr. Morales, also known as Dr. AFib at 281.446.3645 to make an appointment. Dr. Morales is a member of Vital Heart and Vein with multiple Houston area locations.

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