Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter Treated in Baltimore by Expert Doctors

 

Atrial fibrillation is a type of abnormal heartbeat called an arrhythmia. In atrial fibrillation, the two upper chambers of the heart, called the right atrium and left atrium, twitch in a fast and irregular pattern.

The cardiologists at The Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, conditions that cause poor blood flow to the body.

About the Condition

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular or rapid heartbeat that can cause poor blood flow to the body. It is caused when the two upper chambers of the heart, known as the atrias, receive chaotic electric signals, causing them to quiver and beat out of sync and coordination with the heart’s lower two chambers, known as the ventricles.

A condition similar to atrial fibrillation is atrial flutter. Atrial flutter is caused when the atrias receive chaotic electric signals, but quiver or flutter and beat in a fast, rhythmic pattern.

Possible causes of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter may include but are not limited to:

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter can vary greatly. Some patients may not show any symptoms at all, but otherwise may include:

Cardiologists will begin a diagnosis for atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter with a complete physical exam. In addition, the following diagnostic tests may be used:

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Treatment Options

The goal in treating atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter is to reset the heart regular rhythm. In some cases, this may be achieved by treating the underlying causes.

If an underlying cause cannot be found or cured, doctors will often use cardioversion to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. The most typical method of cardioversion uses electric shock to the heart through electrodes that are placed on the chest. In some cases, cardioversion is performed using medications.

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Patient Stories
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Pauline

The story of a patient who forms a relationship with Mercy's doctors that spans over 20 years.

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Gisela

Gisela had no symptoms, but cardiologist Dr. Mark Goldstein was able to diagnose her with atrial fibrillation and begin treatment.

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Susie

Susie, a nurse and a Mercy patient, recognizes the importance of staying in tune with her body after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) - an irregular heart rhythm. 

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