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What is a Watchman Device?

June 14, 2018

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?”

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

May 14, 2018

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”

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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”

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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”

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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?”

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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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