Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib) is the most common type of heart rhythm condition regarding arrhythmia. Characterized by a rapid heartbeat, atrial fibrillation reduces the heart’s ability to efficiently pump blood throughout the body. Atrial fibrillation can lead to blood clots in the chambers of the heart, causing unexplained chest pain, heart failure or stroke.
Located in Los Angeles, Dr. Helmy offers Cardiac Consultations and specializes in atrial fibrillation treatment and the detection before it has the chance to cause additional damage to the body. Through the latest noninvasive cardiovascular screenings and treatments such as ECG or EKG (electrocardiograms), Dr. Helmy will determine the cause of your atrial fibrillation, whether it is due to high blood pressure, a previous heart attack or coronary artery disease, and will discuss goals of atrial fibrillation treatment to restoring your heart’s natural rhythm and reducing blood clots.
Electrical signals travel from the top of the heart to the bottom, causing the heart to contract. This contraction pumps blood through the heart to the rest of the body. With atrial fibrillation, the electrical signals begin at a different point in the heart and are often rapid and unorganized. The rapid signals cause the various parts of the heart to beat in an uncoordinated manner, causing an irregular heart beat. Normal heart rates are between 60 to 100 beats per minute, whereas a heart with a-fib may beat 100 to 175 beats per minute. The uncoordinated beats cause the heart to push random amounts of blood to the body, sometimes pumping a little and sometimes a lot.
If you suffer from dizziness, unexplained chest pain, tiredness, a fluttering or racing heart or if you feel out of breath, atrial fibrillation may be the culprit. Let our Los Angeles cardiologist and electrophysiologist provide a complete cardiac consultation to determine the cause of your cardiac problems. Depending on the case, a stress test using a treadmill along with a ECG or EKG (electrocardiogram) can be used to measure the effects on your heart.
Those with atrial fibrillation can live normal lives, and regular treatment can lead to normal heart rhythms. When a-fib is permanent, treatment can help to prevent further issues and minimize symptoms of the irregular heart beat.
Depending on the severity of the symptoms, treatment can be as simple as lifestyle changes, such as dropping caffeine from your diet. Other options include blood pressure medications, arrhythmia medication, and medical procedures, including catheter ablation, implantable heart monitor, implantation of a pacemaker, implantation of a cardiovascular defibrillator, or electrical cardioversion.
Schedule your cardiac consultation with Dr. Ibrahim Helmy today. He will review your symptoms and discuss how he can diagnose and treat your arrhythmia. Dr. Helmy services Atrial Fibrillation treatment in Los Angles, Santa Monica, Marina Del Ray, and Torrance, California locations.