Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common heart rhythm disorder, caused by rapid and disorganized electrical signals that disrupt blood flow in the upper chamber of the heart (the atria). Afib often results from an existing heart condition but sometimes occurs in people with no other heart problems. It's also a leading cause of stroke.
Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
Patients with Afib typically experience symptoms including:
- Irregular or rapid pulse or heart beat
- Racing feeling in the chest
- Palpitations, or a pounding feeling in the chest
- Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue or weakness
- Difficulty exercising
Reston Hospital Treatment Options for Atrial Fibrillation
Reston Hospital Center offers advanced treatment for Afib. The experienced cardiac and electrophysiology specialists at our Electrophysiology Laboratory will determine the best treatment or combination of treatments for your specific needs, which may include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Ablation therapy
- Implantable defibrillators
Learn more about atrial fibrillation at our online Health Library.
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