We want to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of arrhythmia or heart rhythm disorder in the US. Hopkins reports that more than 5 million adults in the US have AFib. While being the most common type of irregular heartbeat, it can also be one of the most dangerous, causing a 4-6x increase in stroke. This is why turning to our Houston, TX, cardiologist Dr. Alireza Nazeri for an early detection atrial fibrillation consultation could just save your life.
What Are the Risk Factors of AFib?
As with any disorder or disease, certain risk factors can increase your likelihood of developing it over the years. Risk factors for AFib include,
- Heart conditions
- High blood pressure
- Chronic health problems, including lung disease
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Alcohol consumption
- Family history of AFib
What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?
Any problem that impacts the heart's structures can lead to AFib. These causes include,
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart valve problems
- Heart attack
- Congenital heart defect
- Sleep apnea
- Metabolic imbalances
- Thyroid disease
- Intense stress due to trauma, surgery or illness
What Are the Signs of AFib?
While it is possible to have atrial fibrillation and not even know it (another reason it’s essential to have a checkup with our Houston, TX, cardiologist if you are at risk for atrial fibrillation), common signs and symptoms of this heart condition include,
- A pounding in the chest
- Fast, fluttering heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Intolerance to activity or exercise
- Shortness of breath or gasping for breath
How Can I Catch This Problem Early?
If you notice symptoms or have several risk factors for atrial fibrillation, the best thing you can do is schedule a checkup with our Houston, TX, cardiology team. You should also schedule an annual appointment to catch heart problems early so we can start treating the problem right away.
How Is AFib Treated?
If caught early enough, AFib can be controlled with medications; however, if drugs aren’t working, our Houston, TX, team may recommend a catheter ablation procedure, which can often treat AFib.
Are you at risk for atrial fibrillation? Experiencing a rapid heartbeat? If so, the Mobitz Heart and Rhythm Center team in Houston, TX, can perform an electrocardiogram to determine if you have atrial fibrillation. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Nazeri, call (713) 909-3166 today.