Educating Yourself on Atrial Fibrillation
Whether you’re newly diagnosed with AFib or have been living with the condition for years, we have several articles from our experts to help you manage your condition.
When you have atrial fibrillation, or AFib, the upper chambers of your heart are out of sync with the lower chambers. Blood doesn’t flow like it should and you’re at risk for stroke and other complications.
The electrophysiologists at the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute treat all forms of AFib. We can help you enjoy your healthiest life and reduce your risk of AFib-related trouble.
Our heart rhythm experts have delivered top care to Michiganders for more than 20 years. Our AFib care includes:
Atrial fibrillation can occur at any age, but your chance of developing it increases as you grow older. AFib is most common in people over 60.
Other risk factors include:
There are several types of atrial fibrillation:
Some people with AFib may not have any symptoms. Others may experience:
Because AFib affects the blood flow in the heart, it can cause blood clots. These clots can lead to a stroke.
We can lower your stroke risk with treatments such as left atrial appendage (LAA) closure. We use small devices or surgery to close off a small pouch and stop clots from leaving your heart. Even with these procedures, you may need additional AFib treatment to relieve symptoms.
Our AFib clinics offer fast appointments, usually within a few days of reaching out. We take the time to listen to you so we can understand as much as possible about what you’re experiencing.
First, we do a complete physical exam and talk to you about your symptoms and overall health. We also look at lifestyle factors that may affect AFib.
We test the electrical activity of your heart in our dedicated electrophysiology (EP) labs. Using specialized equipment, our expert team pinpoints the source of the AFib. Learn more about what happens during an EP study.
Other common tests we use to diagnose AFib include:
We can get you in for prompt and comprehensive treatment, thanks to our AFib clinics.
It’s important to us that you understand AFib and the available treatment options. Often, several different AFib therapies may work equally well.
Treatment options depend on symptoms and may include: