If you have symptoms of atrial fibrillation or Afib it is important that you contact your doctor right away. Atrial fibrillation symptoms may include:
- An irregular heartbeat (palpitations, a racing heart, a sensation of “flip flopping” in your chest)
- Shortness of breath
- Light headedness
- Chest pain
If you experience chest pain, you should seek medical assistance immediately because chest pain may be a sign that you are having a heart attack.
Although an Afib diagnosis might seem scary, it is a very treatable disease. There are several available options, including drugs for atrial fibrillation, a cardiac pacemaker, traditional catheter ablation, and tailored catheter ablation approaches.
If you are diagnosed with Afib, it is important to take an active role in your treatment. Asking questions about the cause and treatment options for Afib can help empower you with the knowledge to get the best possible care.
It is important that you ask the right questions about your Afib:
- What caused my atrial fibrillation?
- What is my risk for stroke, and how can I minimize the risk?
- Are there any physical restrictions that I should follow?
- Are there any dietary restrictions that I should follow?
- Are there any lifestyle changes that can help control my atrial fibrillation, such as losing weight, avoiding caffeine, exercising, stop smoking, etc.?
- What drugs will I need to take?
- What are the side-effects of drugs for atrial fibrillation?
- What happens if the drugs don’t work?
- When is a cardiac pacemaker recommended?
- Will I need to have an ablation procedure?
- If an ablation procedure is needed, is it tailored to my specific condition, or is the procedure the same for all patients?
- If I want a more tailored procedure, when would I be a candidate for other strategies such as rotor ablation?
- What are the odds of success for each treatment option?
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