Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, isn’t a condition to ignore. At Brooklyn Heart, Nay Htyte, MD, DSVM, FACC, FSCAI, diagnoses and treats this condition, to protect his patients’ long-term heart health. If you’ve noticed irregularities in your heartbeat, call the Brooklyn Heights office in New York City or make an appointment online.
Often called AFib for short, atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes the top chambers of your heart (the atria) to beat irregularly and out of sync with the lower chambers of your heart (the ventria). This happens because the electrical signals that trigger your heartbeat don’t work the way they should.
While it’s tempting to ignore irregularities in your heartbeat, especially if they come and go, don’t. Atrial fibrillation can lead to stroke and heart failure. The American Heart Association says over 15% of people who have strokes have AFib.
Some cases of atrial fibrillation don’t exhibit any symptoms. That’s why regularly having your heart checked is so important.
When atrial fibrillation does cause symptoms, you might feel:
Some people experience these symptoms throughout the day, while others observe them when their heart rate increases, such as when they try to exercise.
To further complicate the issue, some people only experience atrial fibrillation and its symptoms periodically (occasional AFib), while others experience it for extended periods (persistent AFib) or for life (permanent AFib).
Because the symptoms of atrial fibrillation can come and go, it’s important to talk to Dr. Htyte at Brooklyn Heart if you notice any irregularities in your heartbeat.
There are a number of different treatments available for atrial fibrillation. Dr. Htyte personalizes your care to your heart and how regularly you’re experiencing AFib.
Generally, treatment centers around cardioversion or resetting your heartbeat so your heart can contract and relax normally. Medication or an electrical impulse can achieve this.
Once your heart’s rhythm is reset, and the atria and ventria are working normally together, you may need medication or a pacemaker to maintain your consistent heartbeat.
Dr. Htyte also explores blood clot prevention treatments with you to minimize your risk of stroke. Healthy lifestyle choices like eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly are key in protecting your heart health. Dr. Htyte talks with you about the changes you can make at home to minimize your stroke risk.
Atrial fibrillation is a serious but treatable condition. To find out if your irregular heartbeat is AFib, call Brooklyn Heart or make an appointment online today.