Our live chats with the Cleveland Clinic afib experts are always popular, so please join us for the next one on December 14, 2018.
Irregular or abnormal heartbeats, called arrhythmias, occur when there are abnormal electrical impulses in your heart, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly. Arrhythmias are very common and are often a mere annoyance, but they can also be responsible for life-threatening medical emergencies.
The most common irregular heart rhythm is called atrial fibrillation (AF or Afib) and involves the two upper chambers (atria) of the heart. Over 2 million Americans are affected by Afib, which is responsible for 15% of all strokes.
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the arrhythmia. Treatment options may include medications, lifestyle changes, invasive procedures, electrical devices or surgery. In some cases, no treatment will be necessary.
Take this opportunity to learn more about atrial fibrillation, including diagnosis and treatments, and have your questions answered by Oussama Wazni, MD and Walid Saliba, MD from the Cleveland Clinic, and Mellanie True Hills, Founder and CEO of StopAfib.org.
To learn more, see: Atrial fibrillation experts from the Cleveland Clinic will answer your afib questions on December 14, 2018
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Any suggestions for dealing with AFib and altitude….I am at 6800 feet and experiencing dizziness……any suggestions will be greatly appreciated…..thanks, JN
So sorry that you are experiencing dizziness in the high altitude. Perhaps you’d like to consider joining our patient forum so that you can connect with others and ask your questions. It is located at http://forum.stopafib.org/. Please email us at [email protected] if you need any help registering or have more questions.
I have gone to doctor a few times and hospitals to get diagnosed with pre hypertension and hypertension, uh uncontrolled over last two years. The last few weeks I have been bed ridden. When I perform physical exertion I feel heart beating faster and like I am going to pass out. Also have had severe left neck pain, female. My dr. Thinks its anxiety, i haven’t had anxiety my whole life. Yesterday went to physical therapy and couldn’t ride bike for 15 minutes regular pace. I am 125 pounds and normal BMI. Any thoughts or advice? I can’t keep going to doctors and er to get misdiagnosed.
Have the doctors had you wear a Holter monitor to capture what your heart is doing? If not, you might want to ask them to do so.
Please see my response to Joan below, where I recommend joining our patient forum. You can find our forum at http://forum.stopafib.org. There you can connect with many other people and find answers to your questions, share your stories, etc. It is a wonderful community to get involved in.