Atrial fibrillation, also called AFib or AF, is a fast and irregular heartbeat that causes the upper chambers of your heart (atria) to quiver. When this happens, your heart can no longer pump sufficient oxygenated blood to meet the needs of all the organs and tissues in your body.
Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), the most common chronic heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia), has become a global public health problem. This condition affects between 2.7 and 6.1 million people in the United States, as estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 30 million people worldwide are living with AFib. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate roughly 12.1 million people in the United States will have Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) by 2030.
Some people experience short episodes of AFib that stop spontaneously after a few seconds. However, more severe episodes of AFib that do not go away on their own require medical attention. Therefore, it is crucial to understand that having AFib increases your risk of developing health conditions that can be life-threatening, such as stroke and heart failure. Additionally, certain medical conditions that you may already have increase your risk of developing AFib. These conditions, known as risk factors, include;
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Sleep apnea
- Thyroid disorders
- Heart failure
- Previous heart attack
Meet Dr. Alireza Nazeri
Dr. Nazeri is a cardiac electrophysiologist (EP) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating arrhythmias, including Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). In short, Dr. Nazeri and his team develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient with AFib. In conclusion, if you have symptoms that suggest Afib, have been diagnosed with Afib, or have risk factors for developing this type of arrhythmia, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Alireza Nazeri. Standard office and virtual consultations are available. Call Dr. Nazeri at (713) 909-3166.