Learn more at Bellin Heart BlogWhat is Atrial Fibrillation? And How Does it Relate to Stroke?

A-Fib is a type of irregular heartbeat that causes the heart to quiver instead of completing a full compression and release. When this occurs, blood isn't fully expelled from the upper chambers of the heart and it can pool. Sometimes these blood pools can clot within the heart and can cause stroke. More than 70 percent of A-Fib patients who suffer stroke die.

Treatment of A-Fib

There are several options that the electrophysiologist may consider in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

How Common is A-Fib?

About 2.5 million Americans have A-Fib. It is the most common cause of cardiac arrhythmia, otherwise known as irregular heartbeat.

A-Fib Symptoms Include:

  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Palpitations (rapid, irregular heartbeats that may feel like a fluttering in the chest)
  • Overall weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Heart failure

An EP physician, or electrophysiologist, is a cardiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of electrical problems in the heart that can cause an irregular heartbeat.

If you have symptoms, call 920 433-3640 for an appointment with an electrophysiologist in the A-Fib clinic.