Latest News: Technology |  Celebrity |  Movies |  Apple |  Cars |  Business |  Sports |  TV Shows |  Geek

Trending

Filed under: Reviews | Other Stuff

 

Atrial Fibrillation: What You Need To Know

Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common arrhythmia. If you suspect that you have the disease read on and find out what you need to know about this insidious disease.

May 30 2014, 4:05am CDT | by

1 Updates
Atrial Fibrillation: What You Need To Know

Getty Images
 
 

YouTube Videos Comments

Full Story

Atrial Fibrillation: What You Need To Know

The term for it is atrial fibrillation and it is a creepy disease that may result in a variety of symptoms and even stroke. AF, as it is normally called, occurs when your heart beats irregularly and the reason for it is simple. 

The atria which are the upper two chambers of the heart start beating faster than the ventricles (which by the way are the lower chambers). Thus blood pools in the atria and this causes everything from rapid heartbeat to breathlessness not to mention pain in the chest region. 

There may be weakness and dizziness due to problems having to do with proper blood circulation. And fatigue is a possible reaction as well. Like its cousin, hypertension or high blood pressure, this disease is a slow killer. 

Atrial fibrillation symptoms include:

  • dizziness,
  • fainting,
  • weakness,
  • fatigue,
  • shortness of breath, and
  • angina.

It almost creeps up on you and without any symptoms so that by the time you finally are able to identify it, it is too late. Therefore if you suffer from any of the symptoms, you ought to notify your physician who will take you through a battery of tests. 

According to MedicineNet, there are many risk factors for developing atrial fibrillation. These risk factors are:

  • Increased age (1% of people over 60 years of age have atrial fibrillation)
  • Coronary heart disease (including heart attack)
  • High blood pressure Abnormal heart muscle function (including congestive heart failure)
  • Disease of the mitral valve between the left and right ventricle
  • An overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or overdose of thyroid medication
  • Low amounts of oxygen in the blood, for example, as occurs with lung diseases such as emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Inflammation of the lining surrounding the heart (pericarditis)
  • Blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism)
  • Chronic lung diseases (emphysema, asthma, COPD)
  • Excessive intake of alcohol (alcoholism)
  • Stimulant drug use such as cocaine or decongestants
  • Recent heart or lung surgery
  • Abnormal heart structure from the time of birth (congenital heart disease)

If you have the malady, than a mixture of care and cure is very necessary. Although there are few precautions you can take at home, you will have to take your medications regularly. 

The first medicine that comes in handy is digitalis or Digoxin. It corrects the heartbeat. Of course, the real reason behind the irregular heartbeat is the mismatched electrical signals from the heart’s natural pacemaker. 

Then you will have to control any high blood pressure by forswearing stimulants such as coffee and chocolate and taking Tenormin. Alcohol too will have to be given the “au revoir” signal since it is not good for this condition.  

Ultimately, you will have to follow the same regimen as 2.2 million Americans who have the disease. It may be a little troublesome to take the medicine on a daily basis, but it is better than suffering the consequences.  

Some other treatments of atrial fibrillation include:

  • reversing the factors that cause atrial fibrillation;
  • slowing the heart rate with medications;
  • preventing strokes;
  • converting atrial fibrillation to a normal heart rhythm with medications or electrical shock;
  • preventing the recurrence of atrial fibrillation with medications; and
  • using procedures (for example, pacemakers, defibrillators, surgery) to prevent episodes of atrial fibrillation.
 

You Might Also Like

Updates


Sponsored Update


Advertisement


More From the Web

Shopping Deals

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/20" rel="author">Sumayah Aamir</a>
Sumayah Aamir (Google+) has deep experience in analyzing the latest trends.

 

 

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Miley Cyrus: Good Girl gone Bad!
Miley Cyrus: Good Girl gone Bad!
A Wild Child who is not the least bit Mild…
 
 
Getty Images
Courteney Cox at 50: 'Friends' star dazzles in smoking-hot bikini
The adorable actress, known for her role in U.S. sitcom, "Friends," is making waves in a 50-is-the-new-21 way.
 
 
George Takei came out because of Arnold Schwarzenegger
George Takei came out because of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Legendary Star Trek actor reveals why he came out. The reason is no other than Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
 
 
Miss America 2014 Parade to Feature First Ever 3D Printed Shoes
Miss America 2014 Parade to Feature First Ever 3D Printed Shoes
Thanks to Maggie Bridges and Georgia Tech, we will see the first 3D printed shoes on the stage of the shoe parade
 
 
 

About the Geek Mind

The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.

The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.

Read more about The Geek Mind.