A cryptogenic stroke (CS) is technically defined as cerebral ischemia (stroke) of obscure or unknown origin. This is basically a fancy way of saying that a patient has had a stroke, yet doctors have not determined a cause. The cause of CS remains unknown because the event is transitory or reversible, medical tests have not been exhaustive, or because some causes truly remain unknown. One-third of the ischemic strokes is cryptogenic.
When you learn you have a heart condition, it’s likely you assume you’ll need to visit a cardiologist. However, not all cardiologists specialize in treating every issue related to the heart.
If you have heart arrhythmias or another heart rhythm disorder like atrial fibrillation, you actually should be visiting an electrophysiologist. As both a Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, patients often ask me what the difference is between the two.
With the Holidays and New Years right around the corner, it’s important to examine how your changing habits around these festivities can affect your AFib. How do the holidays actually affect a person's atrial fibrillation or potentially increase a person's risk for getting episodes of AFib? There are a variety of ways in which the holidays can affect a person's AFib and trigger episodes.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
How does stress affect atrial fibrillation? We live in a very stressful world these days. When patients are first diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, they sometimes blame the stress in their lives for actually causing the AFib.
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.
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.
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.