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The goal of atrial fibrillation (AFib) treatment is to prevent blood clots and restore the regular rhythm of your heart.
AFib is a heart rhythm disorder that can disrupt your blood circulation and make you feel dizzy or faint. It can also cause blood clots in the chambers of your heart. These clots can travel to your brain and cause a stroke or move into the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.
Dignity Health Southern California provides specialized and coordinated atrial fibrillation treatment with your comfort level in mind. Use our online Find a Doctor tool to make an appointment to discuss treatment of AFib in Southern California at one of our five convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino.
Restoring a normal heart rhythm and preventing blood clots are the basis of AFib treatment. It’s also important to identify the cause of your AFib, if possible. Causes include:
Sometimes, the cause of AFib can’t be identified.
If you have heart disease (including coronary artery disease or hypertension), your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes and medications to reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure. If you have heart valve disease or a structural heart defect, surgery may be suggested.
At Dignity Health, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The best treatment option for you will depend on the severity of your symptoms, your overall health, and how successful a treatment is likely to be for you.
Your treatment options may include:
Before you agree to a treatment plan, your doctor will explain:
The risk of AFib gets higher with age. Most cases of AFib are also due to an underlying heart or heart-related condition. It’s not always possible to prevent AFib on its own.
However, you may be able to help reduce your risk of AFib by taking these steps:
Talk to your Dignity Health doctor about ways you can prevent AFib and maintain your heart health.
Caring Dignity Health doctors offer strategies for atrial fibrillation prevention and provide complete irregular heartbeat treatment in Southern California.