What's AFib? It's Dangerous and Can Sneak up on You – Video

Millions of people suffer from AFib — atrial fibrillation. Many don’t know it.

AFib is the most common type of arrhythmia. That’s when your heart has a problem with its speed or rhythm. An arrhythmia happens if there’s an issue with your heart’s electrical system.

People with AFib often feel no symptoms. That’s how it can sneak up on you. Or you may feel:

  • Palpitations — an abnormal rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or difficulty exercising
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Fatigue

If you have AFib, it can lead to a higher risk of stroke. It can also result in heart failure symptoms in some patients.

If AFib is suspected, your health care professional may review family and medical history, conduct a physical exam and administer a test called an electrocardiogram (EKG), which looks at the electrical waves your heart makes.

Treatments for AFib include specific medicines and medical procedures that may help correct irregular heartbeats.

What if Those Treatments Don’t Work?

If the standard treatments don’t resolve AFib, an approach perfected by Aurora Health Care physicians can be used.

Dr. David Kress and Dr. Jasbir Sra perfected an approach called hybrid ablation technique. It combines two procedures into one treatment for AFib.

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You can learn more about AFib and the interesting medical advance from Aurora Health Care in this video report.

Meet the Author

Jasbir S. Sra, MD is an electrophysiologist at Aurora Cardiovascular Services in Milwaukee, WI.

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