Approximately 2.5 million Americans experience atrial fibrillation, or A fib, each year. This common heart disorder occurs when electrical signals in the heart become irregular, causing the heart’s upper chamber to beat out of rhythm. A fib requires immediate medical attention because it could lead to a life-threatening stroke.
At Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – White Rock the team of doctors on the medical staff utilize the Electrophysiology Lab designed to provide you with options for correcting your irregular heart.
The lab provides comprehensive device management including: pacemakers, defibrillators, and cardiac resynchronization therapy. Your physician will discuss your options for implantation and ongoing analysis or reprogramming of your device.
The hospital also offers electrophysiology studies to help determine the cause of an abnormal heart rhythm, as well as advanced three-dimensional mapping and ablation modalities that are designed to help locate the source of the abnormality and correct it.
More About Atrial Fibrillation
If you have A fib, you’re not alone. In some cases, atrial fibrillation resolves on its own. Other times, an underlying condition such as an over-active thyroid, hypertension, diabetes, chronic lung disease, or heart valve disease must be treated. Medications may be prescribed to prevent blood clots or control heart rate. Cardioversion, another treatment option, can be recommended to shock the heart back to a normal rhythm by delivering a jolt of electricity to the heart. However, if these efforts are not successful, our team could recommend atrial fibrillation ablation. Your cardiologist will work with you to explain the specifics of A fib, and how it could improve your quality of life.