Heart &
Vascular

Atrial Fibrillation

A common heart rhythm problem

Atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib, occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat very rapidly (300-600 beats per minute) and irregularly. When your heart beats inefficiently, not enough blood is pumped to the rest of your body. This can cause shortness of breath, fatigue and an increased risk of stroke.

Preventing the blood clots that lead to a stroke

Depending on your medical history, having A-Fib can cause blood clots to form. If a clot forms in an upper chamber of your heart, the clot could come loose and cause a stroke. That's why one of the most important treatments for A-Fib is a blood thinner, or anticoagulant, to prevent clots from forming.

Other advanced treatment options

Atrial fibrillation ablation
Cardiac catheter ablation is used to control irregular heart rhythms. During this procedure, a catheter is threaded up through the groin into the heart where it releases radiofrequency energy to scar the heart tissue causing the arrhythmia.

Cryoablation
Unlike cardiac ablation (which uses heat), cryoablation uses a coolant-filled balloon to freeze the heart tissue or pathways that cause A-Fib. Lake Health heart rhythm specialist Robert Goldstein, MD, is recognized for his experience in this innovative treatment.

Device therapy
Lake Health offers a wide array of cardiac device therapy, including pacemaker, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy for heart failure patients.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for consultation, call 440-602-6735.