The highly skilled team at Doylestown Health's Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care treats and educates patients about atrial fibrillation (AFib). Robert Sangrigoli, MD, FACC, outlines the causes, symptoms and treatment options for individuals with AFib.
AFib is an irregular and often (but not always) rapid, irregular heart rhythm that can lead to stroke, heart failure, blood clots and other cardiovascular complications. During normal heart rhythm, the upper chamber of the heart initiates the rhythm. The bottom chamber of the heart then follows. This sequence, or coordination, is lost during AFib. During AFib, the upper chambers of the heart beats chaotically, while the bottom chambers only intermittently follow, whereby the heart loses coordination and AFib occurs.
One cause of AFib may be an undiagnosed pre-existing structural abnormality of the heart. Such abnormalities may include, but are not limited to: high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure or abnormalities of the heart valves. There are some cases, however, where patients may develop AFib without any known structural heart abnormalities. Symptoms of AFib may include shortness of breath, fatigue and palpitations.
Doylestown Health offers a broad range of tailored AFib treatments options, including medication, ablation and other procedures. Treatment is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is determined by the patient's medical team.
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Expert cardiologists and cardiac surgeons assist patients and physicians with managing risk factors for heart disease, offer advanced treatment options and provide outstanding emergency cardiac care. Doylestown Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center is fully prepared to treat cardiac emergencies around the clock, focusing on rapid diagnosis and effective treatment. The multidisciplinary team at the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety.