If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, it means that
you have an abnormal heart rhythm. This can affect the way your heart
contracts. The electrical signals that control the heartbeat originate
in the atria, or upper chambers of the heart. In a patient with atrial
fibrillation, these signals are irregular and fast, which leads to irregular
or rapid pumping of the ventricles, or the lower chambers. Because
atrial fibrillation can lead to the formation of blood clots if left untreated, patients may
require stroke care.
To reduce the risk of stroke and other complications from atrial fibrillation,
cardiac specialists can develop a treatment plan to control the
rate and rhythm of the heart, and to prevent blood clots. Medications such as beta-blockers, calcium
channel blockers, and digitalis can help control the rate at which the
Some patients can function well with rate control, while others may need
treatment for rhythm control. Sometimes, patients who are beginning treatment
for rhythm control will do so while being monitored in the hospital. Rhythm
control may be accomplished with medications such as amiodarone, sotalol,
or ibutilide. Sometimes, other treatments may be needed to control the
rhythm of the heart. Some patients may be candidates for cardioversion
or catheter ablation.
Blood Clot Prevention
The need for immediate stroke care is a common reason for ER visits and
patients with atrial fibrillation have a higher risk of this life-threatening
condition. To reduce the risk of stroke, physicians can help patients
decrease the chances of forming blood clots. Patients may be prescribed
blood-thinning medications such as warfarin, heparin, dabigatran, or aspirin.
The cardiac and electrophysiology specialists at Westside Regional Medical
Center provide sophisticated treatment options for patients with atrial
fibrillation, including medications, minimally invasive surgery, and lifestyle
counseling. If you’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation near
Plantation, FL, you can find the personalized
treatment plan you need and the compassionate care you deserve at our community hospital.
Call (954) 302-7112 to speak with a registered nurse.