Women receive fewer implantable cardiac devices than do men, yet when they do receive them, their survival is the same or — in some cases — better, a recent study shows.
The mitral valve in your heart helps to keep your blood moving in the right direction. In some cases, the mitral valve becomes leaky or narrowed and surgery is necessary. Many people in need of mitral valve surgery also have an irregular heartbeat, and a procedure called ablation is often used to correct it. Atrial … Read More
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
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
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
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
Pulmonary vein ablation, also called pulmonary vein antrum isolation or PVAI, is a treatment for atrial fibrillation (afib). Afib is the most common irregular heart rhythm. It starts in the atria, or the upper chambers of the heart. When afib occurs, many different electrical impulses rapidly fire at once. These impulses cause a very fast, … Read More
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
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 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.