When it comes to heart health, there are so many things to consider. It’s important to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle in as many ways as you can, but there’s more to it than that. Most people know about the big two cardiac risks – heart attack and stroke – but there are a number of other heart conditions that are more common, and while less deadly, equally important for us to be aware of as we go about our daily lives. Perhaps one of the most common and pervasive is Atrial Fibrillation.
What is Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. Misfired electrical impulses cause the atria to quiver, or fibrillate, resulting in an irregular heartbeat. There are several different types of AFib, from paroxysmal to permanent. Some people may exhibit no symptoms, making the condition only available after a physical examination. However, many people experience one or more symptoms, so knowing what to look for is very important.
Symptoms of AFib
There are several different symptoms that may indicate AFib, including:
- General fatigue
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat
- Fluttering or “thumping” in the chest
- Shortness of breath and anxiety
- Faintness or confusion
- Fatigue when exercising
- *Chest pain or pressure
If you experience chest pain or pressure, please know that you are dealing with an emergency and seek medical attention immediately. If you suffer from AFib, you are facing an increased risk of stroke even if you never experience any symptoms. At South Denver Cardiology, we like to make sure our patients and the community have all the information they need to live smart, simple. heart-healthy lives. That’s why we’re hosting a seminar on Atrial Fibrillation on October 19.
As the first hospital in Colorado to be certified for Afib procedures, the Porter Heart and Vascular Institute offers cutting edge techniques in Afib treatments. These unique, minimally invasive procedures offer patients better outcomes with shorter recovery times. Come learn more about these revolutionary techniques including the Hybrid-Maze and Watchman approaches!
The seminar takes place on Thursday, October 19 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. We’ll be having a “build your own” salad bar along with the seminar. Our very own Sri Sundaram, MD, Electrophysiologist will be speaking. Come join us at The South Denver Heart Center 1000 South Park Drive, Littleton, 80120 and learn more about your heart and Afib! Register for the seminar here.