September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Atrial Fibrillation, also called AFib, is an irregular heartbeat or rhythm that can lead to stroke, dementia, heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease. With raised awareness and the services Dr. Helmy provides, you can live life without missing a heart beat.
Atrial Fibrillation happens when the normal, regular electrical impulses generated by the upper two chambers of the heart, the atria, are disrupted and overwhelmed by abnormal, chaotic electrical impulses elsewhere—usually in the roots of the pulmonary veins. This causes a quiver rather than a steady beat, and those turbulent electrical impulses mean the heart must work harder than it should and reduces the heart’s ability to easily and efficiently pump blood through the body. Simply put, AFib wears the heart out.
Atrial Fibrillation is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm, and though it may only cause minor symptoms or no symptoms at all, it is often associated with dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, heart palpitations and congestive heart failure. The presence of atrial fibrillation can be confirmed with an electrocardiogram, and also may be identified by a professional when taking a pulse.
More than five million Americans have Atrial Fibrillation, and that number is only expected to rise. AFib takes a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll on those who live with it, as well as the families supporting AFib sufferers. Thankfully, Dr. Helmy and his experienced team are arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm) experts. Dr. Helmy performs cardiac studies to determine the cause of heart issues, and by using data from an electrophysiology study, he can perform specialized procedures to remove damaged cardiac areas.
If you suffer from a fluttering or racing heart, dizziness or tiredness, shortness of breath or fainting, atrial fibrillation may be the culprit. Dr. Helmy specializes in AFib detection and treatment before it has the chance to cause additional damage to your body. Through the latest cardio screenings and treatments, Dr. Helmy will determine the cause of your Atrial Fibrillation, and will work with you to restore your heart’s naturally happy rhythm. If you suspect that you may have AFib, don’t wait another day. To learn more about Dr. Helmy’s atrial fibrillation treatments and catheter ablation in Los Angeles, CA call 310-672-8209 today.