Get the Facts on A-fib, or Atrial Fibrillation, at an Emanuel Special Presentation
Turlock, CA— A little fib can lead to a big problem.
In this case that fib is A-fib, or atrial fibrillation. A-fib occurs when the heart’s two small upper chambers beat irregularly, and often rapidly, causing poor blood flow to the body. Without help, A-fib can lead to serious problems like chronic fatigue, heart failure and stroke.
To help people understand A-fib, and its causes, symptoms and treatments, Emanuel Medical Center and Dr. Fariba Amani, a cardiac electrophysiologist, are presenting a workshop on August 14 at 10 a.m. in the hospital’s Conference Room C. To register for the free program, visit emanuelmedicalcenter.org/heart or call 669-2300.
“Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, tiredness and weakness,” Dr. Amani explained. “However, for many there are no noticeable symptoms. A-fib can be occasional, when symptoms come and go from minutes to hours, or chronic.”
The dangers of A-fib are heart failure and stroke. A-fib can lead to heart failure when the lower chamber of the heart don’t completely fill with blood and don’t pump enough blood to the lungs and body. For people with A-fib, the risk of stroke is five times greater than people with regular heartbeats. During A-fib, the heart's upper chambers, the atria, don't pump all of their blood to the lower chambers. Some blood pools in the atria and when this happens, a blood clot can form. If the clot breaks off and travels to the brain, it can cause a stroke.
There are medical and drug treatments to control A-fib, but as with most medical conditions, the best treatment is prevention.
“There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation,” Dr. Amani said. “They include following a heart-healthy diet, eliminating tobacco use, staying physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.”
Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s health services, surgery, and hospice services.
For more information, to search for a doctor by specialty or location, or for an online symptom-checker, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org.