Hybrid AFib Therapy in Phoenix AZ
At The Heart Rhythm Institute of Arizona, we are dedicated to the newest, cutting-edge treatments for effective cardiovascular care. AFib is a relatively common heart condition that can be easily managed by Dr. John Beshai, an expert cardiologist in Phoenix.
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) is a heart condition that is often easily manageable and treated. AFib occurs when the upper and lower heart chambers are not in sync with each other. This causes blood to get trapped in one area of the heart, most often the left atrial appendage (LAA). The result is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clotting and stroke if the clotted blood cells travel to another area of the body.
Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms
Some of the most common symptoms of atrial fibrillation include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness and fatigue
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Chest pain
These symptoms can come and go or become chronic. If you have persistent symptoms that last longer than 12 months, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beshai.
Atrial Fibrillation Treatment in Phoenix
AFib treatment starts with an electrocardiogram test (ECG). The ECG monitors your heart activity by detecting electrical signals. These signals can show irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia), the main symptom of atrial fibrillation. After your diagnosis, Dr. Beshai will develop an individualized treatment plan to regulate your heart and prevent more serious complications like blood clotting.
You might be prescribed a blood-thinning medication and/or Dr. Beshai will insert a tiny WATCHMAN device into the heart to prevent blood clots and their escape from the heart. The WATCHMAN will also help restore normal heart rhythm to combat other symptoms. This is a permanent device, but regular appointments will be scheduled to monitor your condition and how well different treatments are working for you.
What is Hybrid AFib Therapy?
Hybrid atrial fibrillation therapy is a new method of treatment using cutting-edge science. Hybrid treatment for AFib combines endocardial catheter ablation and epicardial ablation. Endocardial ablation uses radiofrequency energy to destroy abnormal cells in the heart that are delivering irregular electrical signals. These irregular signals cause chronic AFib or an irregular heartbeat.
While endocardial ablation targets the inner heart tissue, epicardial ablation treats the outside of the heart. This hybrid procedure is a comprehensive approach used for patients with chronic AFib symptoms lasting more than a year.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about managing cardiovascular disease with AFib treatment in Phoenix and the surrounding areas, schedule an appointment today at our office. We will be happy to discuss your treatment options in greater detail to find the best treatment for your heart health.
About Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona, and its beautiful scenery makes it a popular travel destination for people across the country. Phoenix includes a mix of sophisticated city life with high-end resorts and nightclubs surrounded by the beautiful deserts of Arizona. The Desert Botanical Gardens is a popular destination where residents and travelers can explore native plants and cacti. The Phoenix metropolitan area is home to many popular travel destinations, including Scottsdale, Tucson, and Sedona.
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