The heartbeat is controlled by electrical impulses that begin in the atria, or upper chamber of your heart.; In AFib, these electrical impulses are erratic, causing a rapid and irregular heartbeat that affects the heart's ability to pump blood efficiently to the rest of the body.
Symptoms of AFib Include:
- Irregular or rapid pulse or heartbeat
- Dizziness, sensation of light-headedness
- Sensation of your heart fluttering (palpitations)
- Sensation of missed or extra heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
Some people may not experience symptoms while others may have noticeable symptoms.
Treatments for AFib
- Antiarrhythmic medications
- Electrical cardioversion or defibrillation
- Automatic implantable defibrillator
- Artificial pacemaker
- Catheter ablation
- Surgical intervention
If AFib or any arrhythmia is left untreated, it can lead to stroke or heart failure.
Brandon Regional Hospital and six other HCA West Florida Division facilities have achieved Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care!
For more information or a physician referral, please call (855) 614-7290.