Symptoms and Treatment for AFib
In our last blog, we discussed what Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is and the common causes. We now know that damage to the heart’s electrical systems causes AFib. Now, in this blog, we will try to cover the signs and/or symptoms of AFib and the common treatments.
To begin with, some people with AFib don’t show any signs or symptoms. They merely show up at the doctor’s for a regular check-up (Regular Check Ups are Important) and their doctor informs them that they have AFib. However, there are others who experience the following symptoms that ultimately send them to their doctor and they are:
- Weakness in exercising
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath or weakness
- Fast heartbeat or sensation of irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
We provide Home Care for those with Atrial Fibrillation and other heart issues.
Treatments for AFib can run the gamut from medication to surgery to non-surgical procedures and are determined by the severity of your diagnosis, how long you’ve had AFib, and any other medical issues you may have. However, the goal of each is to get the heart beating in a normal rhythm, making sure that the heart rate isn’t too fast and preventing blood clots from developing.
As I mentioned above, regular check-ups are very important. Don’t wait until a problem develops to go to the doctor. If you have Atrial Fibrillation, you’re five times more likely to have a stroke. And if you’re in the category of those who don’t show symptoms, you’re not going to know that you’re more susceptible to having a stroke. So, eat well, get enough rest, exercise and get regular check ups.