What is Atrial Fibrillation?
AFib is an arrhythmia that originates in the left upper chamber of the heart creating a chaotic irregular electrical signal that interferes and overrides the natural pacemaker of the heart. A similar condition, atrial flutter, occurs in the right upper chamber of the heart and often coincides with atrial fibrillation. Possible triggers include:
How is AFIB Diagnosed?
Diagnosis includes a combination of pulse check, listening to heart sounds with the following tests:
What is the Treatment for AFIB?
The treatment goals for AFib include rate control, resetting the rhythm, and preventing clots that may travel to the brain and lead to a stroke. Strategies used to achieve these goals include: