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    What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Atrial fibrillation—often referred to simply as AFib—is a type of heart arrhythmia. AFib impacts the atrial chambers of the heart (top 2 chambers of the heart), and when left untreated, could lead to an increased risk of stroke. If your cardiologist has told you that you have AFib, here is what you need to know.

    What Happens to the Heart with AFib?
    With a normal heartbeat, an electrical impulse starts in the right atrium—the upper right chamber of the heart—and passes through the left atrium and down into the ventricles (lower chambers) along a specific pathway (septal wall). When you have AFib, the electrical signal doesn’t come in a regular pattern, so it causes the atrial muscles to quiver rather than a synchronized beat. This impacts both the efficiency and the speed of your heartbeat. A number of different things can cause AFib to develop, including heart disease, mitral valve damage, hyperthyroidism, and lung disease. 

    What Are the Symptoms?
    Some patients don’t experience any symptoms with AFib while others feel heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Chest pain is also possible. Some patients only learn that they have AFib after they experience a complication, like a stroke. If you’re having symptoms of AFib, your cardiologist may order an ECG or have you wear a heart monitor, which is a portable ECG device that records your heart rate over an extended period of time.

    How Is It Treated?
    Treatment for AFib depends on several factors. In some cases, treating an underlying cause, like hyperthyroidism, will resolve the AFib. For mild to moderate AFib symptoms, your cardiologist may prescribe medications to slow your heart rate plus blood thinners to lessen the risk of stroke. For more severe AFib symptoms, cardioversion or radiofrequency ablation may be used to encourage your heart to beat in a normal rhythm.

    If you have AFib, trust Cardiac Solutions to manage your care. Our cardiologists provide cutting-edge, compassionate care to patients with a range of heart conditions. NEW: We offer FREE AFib education classes. Visit one of our locations in Peoria, Sun City West, Avondale, Glendale, or Phoenix, or call us at (623) 208-5305 for more information.  

    The Uses of Holter Monitors

    Last updated 6 days ago

    If your cardiologist needs to track your heart rhythms over an extended period of time, he or she may recommend that you wear a Holter monitor. A Holter monitor records your heart’s activity for a 24- to 48-hour period, in hopes of capturing abnormalities that would be missed during your regular appointment.

    For the test, electrodes will be placed on your chest and then attached to the monitor, which is about the size of a cellphone. Throughout the period while you’re wearing the monitor, you will also keep a journal of your activities and symptoms, so your doctor can see what your heart was doing during those times. A Holter monitor can be used to diagnose a range of conditions, including atrial fibrillation and fast or slow heartbeats.

    A Holter monitor is one diagnostic option that your cardiologist at Cardiac Solutions may recommend so you get the best treatment possible. To make an appointment at one of our clinics in Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, Sun City West, or Avondale, call (623) 208-5305.  

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    Comparing Heart Attack Symptoms in Men and Women

    Last updated 11 days ago

    When most people think about heart attack symptoms, they think about severe chest pain. However, chest pain isn’t the main symptom of every heart attack, and furthermore, men and women often have different heart attack experiences. It’s important for men and women alike to understand gender-specific differences in heart attack symptoms, so they can react quickly when they think that they or someone they love could be experiencing a heart crisis. How do men and women differ when it comes to heart attacks? Here is what you need to know.

    Heart Attacks in Men
    Men are much more likely than women to have chest pain symptoms during a heart attack. Men often experience intense chest pain and pressure that can come and go or remain constant. Men may also have stomach discomfort, rapid heartbeat, and dizziness. They may also feel short of breath, even at rest, and may break out into a cold sweat.

    Heart Attacks in Women
    Heart attack symptoms for women are often more subtle than those for men. According to a study reported by, chest pain was the primary symptom most women had with heart attacks, and almost 80 percent of women had heart attack symptoms for a month before the attack itself happened. During a heart attack, and in the days leading up to one, women often report extreme fatigue, sleep disturbances, anxiety, lightheadedness, and indigestion. In terms of pain, women are more likely to have upper back and shoulder pain, jaw pain, and throat pain. Chest pain is a possibility for women as well, especially after menopause, but it is not usually the main symptom.

    If you have symptoms of a heart attack, go to the ER immediately for fast, life-saving care. For help battling cardiovascular disease, trust Cardiac Solutions. Our heart doctors treat and manage a range of heart conditions, including arrhythmias and heart failure. To make an appointment, call (623) 208-5305. We have locations to serve you in Glendale, Phoenix, Sun City West, Peoria, and Avondale. 

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