Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia, affects up to six million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Faisal Siddiqi, MD is a board-certified cardiologist specializing in diagnosing and treating men and women with atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias at One Oak Medical in Paramus and Wayne, New Jersey. If you have the signs of atrial fibrillation, call one of the offices or schedule a consultation using the online system.
Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, is the most common form of arrhythmia, a heart condition in which your heartbeat isn’t normal. When you have Afib, your heart beats irregularly, and usually too rapidly.
The two upper chambers (atria) of your heart don’t beat as they should and are out of sync with the lower chambers (ventricles.) As a result, the blood doesn’t flow properly into the ventricles.
Some adults experience episodes of AFib that come and go, but for others, the condition persists and requires treatment. Atrial fibrillation isn't usually life-threatening, but it can lead to other complications that put your life in danger, such as blood clots or blocked blood flow to your organs.
Afib is more common in older adults. Other risk factors that may contribute to developing AFib include:
Although you may have AFib and not notice any symptoms at all, the most common symptoms include:
Your atrial fibrillation symptoms may be occasional, persistent, or permanent to varying degrees. If the symptoms and conditions are only occasional, you may not need any treatment, as the arrhythmia corrects itself after a short period.
If your irregular heart rhythm doesn’t return to normal by itself, persistent AFib often requires electrical shock or medication to get your heart back to its proper rhythm.
If it’s impossible to restore your heart’s regular rhythm, you most likely have to take medication to keep it consistent. Dr. Siddiqi is experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of arrhythmias, so he explains the best treatment options for your particular type of AFib.
If you have chest pain, don’t wait to seek medical attention. Call 911 right away. If you have symptoms or concerns about atrial fibrillation, call the New Jersey office location that’s most convenient, or schedule a consultation online.