Dr. AFib

Can a Watchman Procedure Reduce My Risk for Stroke?

Can a Watchman Procedure Reduce My Risk for Stroke?

There are millions of patients throughout the United States living with atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heart rhythm, which can significantly increase a patient’s risk of stroke. A patient with atrial fibrillation is 5 times more likely to have a stroke then someone without atrial fibrillation. But why is someone with atrial fibrillation more likely to have a stroke?

Magnesium and AFib

Magnesium and AFib

When a patient goes online and searches about magnesium and AFib, they will find an abundance of information on its use. There are several web pages promoting magnesium use as a natural treatment for atrial fibrillation in addition to promoting several over the counter supplements for magnesium. But what does the data show? Is there any medical literature that says magnesium is beneficial for atrial fibrillation?

The Dr. AFib Guide to Healthy Living

The Dr. AFib Guide to Healthy Living

Upon first meeting with a new patient, I frequently explain that we will have both short-term goals and long-term goals in the course of their care. Many patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation will need a strategy they can utilize for decades, but the management of atrial fibrillation requires a two-pronged strategy and it is necessary to address both immediate and future goals to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Manage Your Stress – AFib Diet

Manage Your Stress – AFib Diet

Did you know eating certain foods could trigger an AFib episode? It’s true. Especially if you are sensitive to spices and preservatives, you might want to know what foods to avoid that can cause atrial fibrillation. Patients respond differently to foods and toher triggers, so it is important to keep track of what may cause your episodes of atrial fibrillation. For this reason, it may be helpful to create your very own AFib diet plan.

Tips For Living With AFib – Manage Your Stress

Tips For Living With AFib – Manage Your Stress

Excess stress can contribute to triggering an AFib episode.If you are already living with AFib, reducing stress leads to better coping with it.

What To Do During An AFib Attack

What To Do During An AFib Attack

Imagine being at the start of an AFib attack. Sure… you don’t have to imagine it. You are living with AFIb. Commonly, you have palpitations, rapid or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, and simultaneously may also feel extreme anxiety. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know what to do during an AFib attack?  Well, that’s what my patients have said to me.  So, I’ve decided to think about some simple things you can do to help work through it.

Stress and Atrial Fibrillation

Stress and Atrial Fibrillation

Currently, there is no known medical cure for atrial fibrillation. Instead, medical professionals focus on symptom relief and preventing AFib complications such as stroke using medical therapies and/or surgical procedures. Stress can cause atrial fibrillation to be more troublesome to sufferers. Therefore, it is recommended that you find natural ways to effectively manage your stress. Before starting any stress reduction program, get the advice of your doctor. There are many ways a patient can promote stress reduction such as through yoga or mediation, regular exercise, and patient or family support groups.

Tips To Manage Anxiety and Palpitations

Tips To Manage Anxiety and Palpitations

Anxiety and palpitations. For people with AFib, they sometimes experience anxiety about their condition. What I tell my patients is this; worrying about their AFib never heals the disorder. Instead, it aggravates it. And, it can interrupt your life routine, including your sleep routine.

If you’re getting poor sleep because you “what if” possible anxiety-causing scenarios about having irregular heartbeats, that also can have a negative effect on your wellness.For this reason, I’d like to share some tips about effectively managing anxiety you may be feeling about your AFib.

Atrial Fibrillation and Weight Loss

Atrial Fibrillation and Weight Loss

As of August 22, 2017, the CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) reports that an estimated 2.7–6.1 million people in the United States have AFib.With more and more people developing AFib, taking measures to combat it is just plain good sense.Wondering something you can do to work with your AFib?Consider atrial fibrillation and weight loss. When you take simple steps to reduce your weight, you may also extend your life and improve your quality of life.

Common Medical Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Common Medical Treatment 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.

Atrial Fibrillation Signs and Symptoms

Atrial Fibrillation Signs and Symptoms

If your heart is skipping beats, it may be a helpful idea to know about atrial fibrillation signs and symptoms. Regularly and rhythmically, natural processes operate your body’s many systems. These processes happen outside of your conscious awareness.For example, there are natural chemicals invisibly acting, reacting and responding as a matter of healthy chemistry. You don’t have to consciously instruct the chemicals in your body about what to do. It’s almost like they have a mind of their own and instinctively do what they were designed to do-keep you healthy and well.

Atrial Fibrillation and Alcohol

Atrial Fibrillation and Alcohol

Let’s face it. Some people enjoy drinking alcohol. There are some pretty tasty wines out there that really complete a meal. But if you have AFib, you may be wondering if atrial fibrillation and alcohol mix. Getting more of the facts can help you make a decision about including alcoholic beverages in your diet.

Catheter Ablation – A Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Catheter Ablation – A Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

The Need for Pulmonary Vein Isolation Ablation- What Is It?

Atrial fibrillation can be treated through a procedure called pulmonary vein isolation ablation.

This procedure, pulmonary vein isolation ablation, is an option for treating atrial fibrillation and may be the right choice for certain patients who:

  • Display the symptoms of continued atrial fibrillation in spite of being given medications

  • Have a low tolerance for antiarrhythmic drugs or suffer complications from their use

What is the Difference Between a Cardiologist and an Electrophysiologist?

What is the Difference Between a Cardiologist and an Electrophysiologist?

A cardiologist is a medical professional that studies and treats the heart. Within the cardiology profession, different heart doctors practice subspecialties of cardiology. For example, some cardiac subspecialists solely perform surgical procedures on the heart. Others specialize in diagnosing various heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease or heart murmurs. Still some cardiologists specialize in doing research about the heart. When people experience heart rhythm problems, it calls for a specialist who can perform certain treatments to restore the heart’s natural rhythm. An electrophysiologist, sometimes referred to as an “EP”, performs these procedures that help manage or correct irregular heart rhythms.

An AFib Exercise Plan – The Right Mindset

An AFib Exercise Plan – The Right Mindset

For those choosing to get more physically fit though they have AFib, I congratulate you! The hardest part of starting an exercise program is making the decision to do it. Now that you’ve made the decision to regularly exercise, it helps to follow an exercise plan that’s realistic for you.

Exercise Induced AFib

Exercise Induced AFib

People everywhere are learning about and using wearable technology to monitor their heart rate while exercising. Even if you don’t yet know about using heart rate monitoring wearable technology, keep moving to stay fit and extend your life. Those with AFib still need to keep moving as a part of living the highest quality of life. What about exercise induced AFib? Doesn’t AFib mean you need to stop exercising because your body’s blood pump no longer functions correctly? Fortunately, no, it doesn’t. Exercising is still an important part of your life’s routine.

What is AFib Burden?

What is AFib Burden?

You probably know that each person with AFib experiences it uniquely to that person. In other words, your doctor quantifies how much AFib affects you. AFib burden is a term referring to the “amount and type” of atrial fibrillation you have.

February is American Heart Month!

February is American Heart Month!

 

February is American Heart Month. First proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in February 1964, February is also heart disease awareness month. At the time President Johnson first proclaimed American Heart Month, more than half of US deaths were caused by cardiovascular disease.Each year since 1964, the President urges Americans to recognize and support all essential programs required to solve the nation’s #1 killer; heart and blood vessel diseases.

What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation or AFib is a type of irregular heart rhythm.  AFib is something to pay attention to because it can lead to serious health issues such as stroke or heart failure. Because I genuinely care about you and your heart’s health, I want you to know about the abnormal heart rhythm called AFib.