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4 Top Questions About Radiofrequency Ablation for Afib Answered

If medications you’re taking for atrial fibrillation (afib) aren’t working anymore, there is another option: radiofrequency ablation. In most patients, rapid electrical activity that starts in the pulmonary vein and spreads to the atrium of the heart triggers afib. Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that applies electrical energy to the area around the pulmonary vein. … Read More

The Air You Breathe Can Hurt Your Heart

You might not think of air pollution as an important risk factor for heart disease, but dirty air does more than make you cough and wheeze. The American Heart Association has warned about the dangers of air pollution for many years. Many epidemiological studies (that look at disease patterns) link long-term exposure to air pollution … Read More

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Your Mind Is Your Ally in the Fight Against Afib

Emotions are closely linked to heart function, and atrial fibrillation is no exception. Experts say patients can use biofeedback and relaxation methods like yoga for a calming effect on afib. Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart rhythm disorder in which the top part of your heart beats extremely rapidly and erratically. Getting older increases … Read More

Control Your Weight for a Healthy Heartbeat

Atrial fibrillation makes the top part of your heart race erratically and experts increasingly say it can lead to serious problems, including stroke. Afib incidence is on the increase in the U.S. and experts point to many factors behind the surge. One of the most important strategies for controlling the problem is within your grasp: … Read More

Some Game Changers in New AFib Guidelines

Doctors may be adding new drug options, using less aspirin and more radio frequency ablation to treat atrial fibrillation patients as a result of comprehensive new guidelines for the medical and surgical treatment of this common heart problem. “If I were a patient with afib, these guidelines should make me feel a lot better. This … Read More

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Chat With a Doctor: Atrial Fibrillation

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about atrial fibrillation? Walid Saliba, MD, Director, Electrophysiology Lab, Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Sergio Pinski, MD, Section Head, Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Florida, answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at 1 p.m. (ET). … Read More

Atrial Fibrillation After Heart Surgery

Atrial fibrillation is a common complication after heart surgery. It is probably caused by inflammation in the chest after surgery. It can usually be treated by medications but sometimes an electrical shock will be used to put the heart back in a normal rhythm. In most cases, patients are back in normal rhythm by the time their chest has healed.