Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation -- the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia -- causes an irregular heartbeat that can increase your risk for stroke and heart failure. Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) results from faulty signals produced by the heart's electrical system, causing the upper portion of the heart to fibrillate, or contract rapidly and irregularly. AFib doesn't cause noticeable symptoms for everyone. For those who do experience symptoms, heart palpitations are common along with feeling weak, dizzy and tired. Learn more about atrial fibrillation with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    Savaysa (edoxaban) is a prescription drug for patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) not caused by heart valve problems. It is also used to prevent dangerous clotting problems in people who have received injectable blood thinner medicine for 5 to 10 days. Savaysa is a tablet taken once a day. It is a kind of drug known as a factor Xa inhibitor, which blocks formation of blood clots. Patients who take edoxaban or another blood thinner for atrial fibrillation are at a higher risk of stroke if they stop taking it; if you are taking Savaysa and want to stop, talk to your doctor about other effective medications. Side effects of Savaysa may include bleeding, rash, abnormal liver function tests, and anemia. Savaysa has not been proven safe during pregnancy or nursing, or for use by children. Savaysa should not be used with anticoagulants, including warfarin and aspirin, or with the antibiotic rifampin. 
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    What is the next step after a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation?
    After a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, a patient would be sent to a cardiologist. In this video, Susan Johnson, director of cardiovascular services at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, explains what the next steps should be. 
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    What should patients expect before an atrial fibrillation procedure?
    Patients will enter a cardiovascular observation area to be prepped for their atrial fibrillation procedure. Watch Susan Johnson, RN, director of cardiovascular services at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, explain the pre-operative process.
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    Afib care costs nearly $15,000 annually in incremental direct and indirect costs per patient, an unacceptable growth trend. In order to reduce healthcare costs, hospitalization rates and improve quality of life, innovative treatment solutions, such as the Hybrid Maze procedure, aim to help facilitate the management of Afib without relying on repeat treatments such as radiofrequency ablation therapy, cardioversions (ongoing electrical manipulation of heart rate) or continued adjustment of medications.
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    The WATCHMAN device effectively closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. Twenty percent of all strokes occur in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), and AFib-related strokes are more frequently fatal and disabling. The most common treatment to reduce stroke risk in patients with AFib is the blood-thinning medication warfarin.

    By closing off the heart’s LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over a short period of time, patients should be able to stop taking warfarin.
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    Because of the ineffective contractions of the atrial chambers themselves, the blood is not ejected as it should be, so it tends to pool and stagnate. It’s like the edges of a stream or river where the water flow isn’t fast, you can see that it swirls around and becomes more still. When this happens, the blood can thicken and form a clot, which resides in the atrium. In unfortunate circumstances, that clot can break free and enter other organs, such as the brain, causing a stroke.
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    How Long Does a Defibrillator Last?
    Defibrillators are permanently implanted, says James Mock, MD, a cardiologist at MountainView Hospital. In this video he describes the device and how it works.
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    What Kinds of Implants Are Used to Treat Artrial Fibrillation?
    Atrial fibrillation can be treated with the implant of a defibrillator, says James Mock, MD, a cardiologist at MountainView Hospital. In this video, he discusses how defibrillators work.
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    The lariat procedure is used to treat people with atrial fibrillation. In the lariat procedure, a needle is used to enter the sac surrounding the heart and guide a loop of suture around the base of the left atrial appendage to permanently seal off the part of the heart where blood clots form to cause strokes in people with AF. An advantage of this approach is that doctors don’t leave hardware within the heart, which is important for people who can’t take blood thinners.
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    How is atrial fibrillation treated?
    Treatments for atrial fibrillation involve treating the rhythm problem and treating the risks of stroke, says Robert Fishel, MD, director of cardiac electrophysiology at JFK Medical Center. In this video, he describes medications and surgery options.
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