Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating. The symptoms are: 1. Shortness of breath 2. dizziness 3.Sudden onset of shortness of breath during the night 4. Swelling of lower extremities
HOW IS ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DIAGNOSED?
The first diagnostic step taken by cardiologists is detecting cause of arrhythmia and classification of the arrhythmia after physical and medical history examination. Confirmation of diagnostics is done through ECG, complete blood count, serum thyroid stimulating hormone level, transthoracic echocardiogram.
HOW IS ATRIAL FIBRILLATION TREATED?
It is mainly treated to prevent circulatory instability or stroke. Medications such as anticoagulants. Electrical cardioversion is used in restoration of normal heart rhythm. Surgery may be considered in young patients where medication is not useful
DID YOU KNOW?
Atrial fibrillation is linked to numerous cardiovascular disease, but may occur in otherwise healthy hearts also.