- Q What is atrial fibrillation (AF)?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyAtrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular heartbeat in which the upper chambers of the heart, called the atria, quiver instead of contracting normally. Watch this animation to learn more about AF, most common cardiac arrhythmia. Full Answer
- Q What are the goals of atrial fibrillation treatment?
The main goal of treating your parent's atrial fibrillation depends on several factors. The doctor will assess your parent's health and check for co-occurring conditions such as thyroid disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes. lung... Full Answer
- Q Why is the DASH diet helpful in preventing atrial fibrillation?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineRemember learning about the transitive property in math class? We don’t either. It comes into play in the answer to your question. The DASH diet has been clinically proven to lower elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure raises your risk for... Full Answer
- Q What causes chronic atrial fibrillation?
Various types of heart disease are often the causes of chronic atrial fibrillation. However, the disorder can occur in people even when there is no history of heart trouble. Other causes include alcohol abuse, metabolism problems, sleep apnea, and lung... Full Answer
- Q How is atrial fibrillation (AF) treated?
There are different ways doctors treat atrial fibrillation. The standard treatment is a combination of medications, including anti-coagulants (such as Coumadin) to prevent blood clots; medications to slow the heart rate (beta blockers, calcium channel... Full Answer