Atrial Fibrillation Treatment and Monitor by MD24 House Call
Posted on March 19, 2015
Atrial fibrillation (Afib or AF) is a condition in which your heart beats with an irregular rhythm, too quickly or too slowly, known as an arrhythmia. If your heart beats faster than normal, it is called tachycardia; while the state of beating too slowly is called bradycardia. Atrial Fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia. Generally, when you get older or suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, and underlying heart disease, the possibility of developing atrial fibrillation increases. One of the main complications of atrial fibrillation is stroke. The risk of stroke of individuals with atrial fibrillation is 3 to 5 times as high as those without atrial fibrillation.
Causes of Atrial Fibrillation
- High blood pressure is the leading cause. High blood pressure puts a strain on the heart muscle.
- Irregular structure of the heart
- Infection or inflammation of the heart (myocarditis or pericarditis)
- Diseases which harm the valves of the heart
- Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- A blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism)
- Congenital heart disease
- Excessive use of alcohol
About 10 percent of Atrial Fibrillation cases have no apparent cause. In those cases, the heart is otherwise fine and there are no other diseases to account for it. This is lone Atrial Fibrillation.
Atrial Fibrillation symptoms
Some individuals with Atrial Fibrillation have no symptoms and are unaware of their condition until it is detectable upon a physical examination. Others with atrial fibrillation may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Abnormal and rapid heartbeat
- Heart palpitations or a rapid thumping in their chest
- Weakness, reduced ability to exercise, fatigue
- Chest discomfort, chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath and anxiety
- Fatigue when exercising
- Sweating or nausea
- Faintness or confusion
Atrial Fibrillation can cause these complications: stroke and heart failure. Therefore, it is necessary that the diagnosis and treatment should be made early. Treatment may involve: medication to prevent a stroke and control rhythm of the heart; cardioversion, where the heart is given a controlled electric shock to restore its regular rhythm; catheter ablation, to prevent atrial fibrillation from developing; having a pacemaker fitted to help your heart beat regularly.
For early detection, treatment and follow-up Atrial Fibrillation (and other heart diseases), we are proud to introduce the Cardiac Monitoring at Home service by MD24 House Call, with full equipment: EKG, echocardiogram, CXR, Event and Holter monitor, blood tests …. Call us today to learn more about how our service can be provided to you in the comfort of your own home, especially there is no additional fee for clinician’s home visits.
With more than 50 full-time clinicians at home, our Cardiac Monitoring Services belong to the list of MD24 House Call services which are the best services in Arizona, to take care of your emotional and physical well-being at home.
Currently servicing more than 300 community locations across Maricopa County, MD24 House Call is the only phone call away (623-374-7774) from providing Cardiac Monitoring Services for our patients and treat them for Atrial Fibrillation Call us now to get an appointment.