Mayo Clinic Minute: Identifying and treating atrial fibrillation

Mayo Clinic electrophysiologist Fred Kusumoto, M.D., explains what transpires in the coronary heart to produce atrial fibrillation and what can be carried out to take care of it.

MODERATOR: This is a ordinary heartbeat. [Heart BEATING] Atrial fibrillation interrupts this typical conquer.

FRED KUSUMOTO, M.D.: “In atrial fibrillation, rather of the atria squeezing in a ordinary typical style, the atria conquer irregularly and chaotically.”

MODERATOR: Dr. Fred Kusumoto is an electrophysiologist at Mayo Clinic.

FRED KUSUMOTO, M.D.: “In some circumstances people today come to feel their coronary heart palpitating or beating very, very quickly or a flip-flop in their coronary heart or upper body place. Other occasions, people today just discover that they’re extra small of breath when they walk upstairs.”

MODERATOR: Dr. Kusumoto claims atrial fibrillation decreases the heart’s blood pumping efficiency and puts a patient at bigger threat for blood clots, coronary heart failure, and stroke. In some circumstances, atrial fibrillation can be corrected with medication or by administering a shock to a sedated patient’s coronary heart. In other circumstances, a method called catheter ablation might be applied to scar tissue that’s producing the erratic signals–[Heart BEATING]– in the hopes of getting back to that ordinary conquer.