Afib Blogs

What are the Connections between Sleep Apnea and Afib?

Sleep apnea is one of the most common conditions affecting adults in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health, an estimated 2.5 million people in the US suffer from this disease. Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs during sleep when the person’s upper airway is blocked temporarily reducing or, even, completely … Continue reading “What are the Connections between Sleep Apnea and Afib?”

What are My Treatment Options for Afib?

When you suffer from afib, the available treatment options can be confusing or, even, overwhelming. Fortunately, you can have confidence in top atrial fibrillation physicians like Houston’s top electrophysiologists, Dr, Shanti Bansal who will guide any treatment plan you may require. Nevertheless, knowing what treatments are available and what might be involved helps you work … Continue reading “What are My Treatment Options for Afib?”

Afib’s Big Three: Rate Control, Rhythm Control, and Stroke Prevention

Chances are, if you have afib, your treatments will include one or more of the following: rate control, rhythm control, and stroke prevention. Of course, each individual is unique, and medical treatments vary depending on the recommendations of their physician. Nevertheless, in general, the management of these three conditions is a typical part of any … Continue reading “Afib’s Big Three: Rate Control, Rhythm Control, and Stroke Prevention”

Can I Exercise if I Have Afib?

Exercise can be helpful if you have afib, but there are several precautions you should take before starting an exercise program. First and foremost, you should consult with your doctor and together work out an exercise program that fits your unique situation and medical condition. Second, when you begin your program, remember to start slow … Continue reading “Can I Exercise if I Have Afib?”

Self Monitoring for Arrhythmia Patients

Advances in technology are happening at lightning speed. This is true in virtually every field, and this includes plenty of advances for monitoring heart rhythms for afib patients. In the recent past, new devices have been introduced that give individual patients the ability to monitor and record their own medical quality EKG’s using small personal … Continue reading “Self Monitoring for Arrhythmia Patients”

Six Ways to Help Control Afib

As with so many health-related issues, keeping to a healthy schedule for eating, sleeping, and exercising is key to helping manage your afib. Houston’s top electrophysiologist, Dr. Shanti Bansal, recommends maintaining a healthy lifestyle to help keep your heart healthy and to control your afib. In some cases, afib sufferers are not even aware they … Continue reading “Six Ways to Help Control Afib”

Heart Rhythm in the Age of Daylight Savings Time

Surprising preliminary study results have been reported at this year’s American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2018 held Nov. 10, in Chicago. Researchers, led by Dr. Jay Chudlow, a resident at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, examined more than 6300 medical records of hospital admissions (ages 18 to 100,) who were admitted to the … Continue reading “Heart Rhythm in the Age of Daylight Savings Time”

Managing Your Type of Afib

The medical community generally recognizes four broad types of afib. Depending on which type you have, your electrophysiologist may recommend a specific manner and approach to managing your symptoms. Understanding which type afib you have can help you both maintain the course of treatment your doctor prescribes as well as, possibly, reduce the severity of … Continue reading “Managing Your Type of Afib”

Atrial Fibrillation and Stress

It has long been believed that increased levels of stress can contribute to increasing incidents of afib episodes. While formal studies have not been performed, the National Institute of Health reports that job stress does contribute to an increase in afib in men. Anecdotal evidence supports the assertion that stress, to some degree, contributes to … Continue reading “Atrial Fibrillation and Stress”

What Are The Tools and Techniques for Diagnosing Arrhythmia?

Because cardiac arrhythmias do not always cause noticeable or frequent symptoms, they can sometimes be challenging to diagnose. Heart arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeat, can be a serious condition and, if suspected, should be diagnosed and evaluated. Medical specialists such as those at Atrial Fibrillation Center Of America are both trained and have the tools and … Continue reading “What Are The Tools and Techniques for Diagnosing Arrhythmia?”

What Is Atrial Ablation and Is It Right for Me?

Afib is a condition of the heart that causes irregular heartbeat resulting in reduced blood flow through the body. Individuals with afib may feel that their hearts are quivering, flip-flopping, or racing. This irregular heartbeat can lead to weakness, chest pains, and feeling faint. In some people, afib may be mild with little apparent effect, … Continue reading “What Is Atrial Ablation and Is It Right for Me?”

What is a Watchman Device?

According to the National Institute of Health, afib is the most common form of heart arrhythmia in the US affecting approximately six million individuals. There are many treatments for afib; options to control both heart rates and heart rhythms. These options include heart rate control and anti-arrhythmic medications as well as atrial ablations, a surgical … Continue reading “What is a Watchman Device?”

What are the Treatment Options for AFib? Part 3, Post Treatment Care

The overall objective of managing AFib is control of the heart’s rate and rhythm and prevention of blood coagulation in the system which could lead to stroke. In some cases, a conservative medical approach may be applied using medications. These fall into two categories; (1) Use of anti-arrhythmic drugs designed to promote a steady and … Continue reading “What are the Treatment Options for AFib? Part 3, Post Treatment Care”

What are the Treatment Options for AFib? Part 2, Surgery

While AFib or atrial fibrillation can be a serious condition, often it does not cause problems and, in some cases, individuals may not even know they have it. More than two million people in the US have AFib, and many of these cases do not require medical attention. Sometimes, however, when the ‘chest fluttering’ is … Continue reading “What are the Treatment Options for AFib? Part 2, Surgery”

What are the Treatment Options for AFib? Part 1, Medications

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common form of arrhythmia. According to the CDC, an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people in the US suffer from AFib, and that number is expected to grow as the population ages in the coming decades. The Center also estimates that 750,000 hospital stays per year are a result … Continue reading “What are the Treatment Options for AFib? Part 1, Medications”

What Causes Arrhythmia’s?

Arrhythmia’s can be serious, and in some cases, you may not even know you have one. In general, arrhythmia’s are irregular heartbeats that cause palpitations or a racing, irregular, or slow heartbeat. The underlying causes of these issues are malfunctions in the heart’s unique electrical system that signals to the heart muscles when to pump. If … Continue reading “What Causes Arrhythmia’s?”

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of AFib

When problems develop within the heart’s internal electrical system, the results can be disruption to normal heartbeat patterns. Sometimes this means the heart speeds up, or slows down, or beats erratically. In any case, an irregular and erratic heartbeat is not healthy and should be evaluated by medical professionals. In general, this condition is referred … Continue reading “Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of AFib”

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