Cardiac Arrhythmia Management in Naples, FL
Control your heart rhythm disorder with our innovative approach to cardiac arrhythmia management in Naples, FL. Learn about the warning signs and risk factors associated with heart rhythm disorders. We are focused on providing you with the answers you need about this heart condition.
What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?
This condition is a heart rhythm disorder or arrhythmia of the upper chambers of the heart, or the atria.
What puts you at risk for AFib?
There are multiple risk factors for AFib, some we have no control over (age and genetics) and some we can work to get under control (cardiac disease, sleep apnea, obesity, tobacco, and alcohol).
What does AF put you at risk for?
Most well documented is an increased risk of stroke; there is also an association between AFib and early dementia and heart failure.
What can we do to prevent stroke in AF?
Although no specific prevention, it is recommended to seek expert help/guidance at controlling or modifying the known risk factors for AFib.
How can we treat AFib?
There is no cure for AFib, but there are medications that may help maintain normal rhythm, and procedures known as cardioversions or ablations to help restore normal rhythm. It is also crucial to prevent stroke in those at higher risk - this is done by prescribing blood thinners or performing procedures that help eliminate the most common source of clots in AFib (Left Atrial Appendage closure devices such as the Watchman).
Here at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., we aim to eliminate atrial fibrillation not only through anti-arrhythmic medications and ablation, but we strive to use all our resources available to succeed in restoring and maintaining freedom from atrial fibrillation. Based on studies and expert recommendations, we provide access to therapies to reduce all modifiable risk factors that have been associated with improving outcomes for patients as well as heart rhythm monitoring.
Atrial Flutter is another heart rhythm disorder coming from the upper chambers of the heart that can also place an individual at risk for stroke. We provide procedures known as ablations, which can be 95% successful at a complete resolution of the arrhythmia.
Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
There are typically three types of SVT, all of which can be treated with a catheter ablation procedure. These types of arrhythmias can make patients feel rapid heart rates, lightheaded, dizzy, short of breath, or even pass out.
Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
This types of abnormal heart rhythm come from the lower chambers of the heart and can be life-threatening. Catheter ablation can be used to help prevent firing from someone’s cardiac defibrillator (which is often implanted to prevent sudden death in patients with VT). There are also VTs that are not life-threatening and can be treated with a catheter ablation procedure; they are often associated with PVCs (or premature ventricular contractions). It is essential to seek expert care if diagnosed with VT.