Atrial fibrillation, commonly called AFib, is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. More than three million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation. Some people with irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias feel like their heart is fluttering. If you experience irregular heartbeats, know that expert heart specialists at Dignity Health Southern California are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal heart health.
To get your heart running the way it should, Find a Doctor who can diagnose and treat atrial fibrillation at five convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino.
Some people with atrial fibrillation don’t experience symptoms. When they do, the symptoms may come and go (occasional atrial fibrillation) or be ongoing (persistent atrial fibrillation). People with permanent atrial fibrillation need treatment to control their heart rate and reduce the risk of stroke.
Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include:
- Fluttering in the chest
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty exercising (easily winded)
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Fatigue and weakness
Always call 911 if you have chest pain or symptoms of a heart attack.
What Causes Atrial Flutter?
Damage to the heart’s electrical system increases and interrupts signals in the heart. These signals cause the heart to beat abnormally. Certain conditions and lifestyle habits can lead to AFib, including:
- Heart diseases, such as coronary artery disease, or heart valve disease
- Family history of atrial fibrillation
- Medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, thyroid disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, and lung disease
- Defects at birth
- Heart surgery
- Advanced age
- Alcohol abuse
Reliable Treatment for AFib at Dignity Health Southern California
An irregular heartbeat can lead to poor blood flow throughout the body, causing blood clots and stroke. Treatment for atrial fibrillation is comprehensive and aims to cure your arrhythmia and prevent complications. Our doctors will use medication or specific therapies to reset your heart’s rhythm and to prevent your blood from clotting.
Depend on compassionate doctors at Dignity Health Southern California to help you achieve a healthy heart.
Trusted cardiologists at Dignity Health strive to heal atrial fibrillation in Southern California.