Over the next twelve months we will highlight several common cardiovascular conditions that our patients frequently experience. The first condition in our series is Atrial Fibrillation. There are numerous ailments of the cardiovascular system however, few of those ailments are as common, or as undiagnosed, as Atrial Fibrillation.
It isn’t uncommon for atrial fibrillation to go undiagnosed because of the lack of publicity it gets. Many people that experience atrial fibrillation have no idea the weird sensation they just felt in their chest could be a life threating medical condition.
Our goal is to spread awareness about atrial fibrillation so that you are better able to recognize the symptoms. Atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib, is defined as an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating of the heart. The irregularities may start in short bursts for short periods of time gradually increasing in frequency and duration with the possibility of becoming constant. Symptoms of a-fib can include heart palpitations, fainting, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, or chest pain.
Even with a list of potential symptoms a-fib often goes undiagnosed because it is common not to experience any symptoms during a-fib. Okaloosa Heart and Vascular Center regularly treats patients with a-fib. It is a condition that can be managed using diet, exercise, medicine, and sometimes surgical intervention. A-fib is often brought on by other health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and many more.
It is important to have routine cardiovascular checkups and to maintain a heart healthy diet to minimize the chance of experiencing a-fib.
Okaloosa Heart and Vascular Center has offices in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Crestview, and Defuniak Springs, Florida. Our cardiologists can easily diagnose and treat atrial fibrillationy. If you’re experiencing a-fib symptome, call us now to schedule a check up: (850) 682-7212