Mayo Clinic Minute: Identifying and treating atrial fibrillation

Mayo Clinic electrophysiologist Fred Kusumoto, M.D., describes what happens in the heart to build atrial fibrillation and what can be carried out to repair it.

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

FRED KUSUMOTO, M.D.: “In atrial fibrillation, instead of the atria squeezing in a typical typical trend, the atria beat irregularly and chaotically.”

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

FRED KUSUMOTO, M.D.: “In some situations folks truly feel their heart palpitating or beating quite, quite fast or a flip-flop in their heart or upper body area. Other moments, folks just notice that they are far more short of breath when they wander upstairs.”

MODERATOR: Dr. Kusumoto suggests atrial fibrillation decreases the heart’s blood pumping performance and places a individual at increased chance for blood clots, heart failure, and stroke. In some situations, atrial fibrillation can be corrected with medicine or by administering a shock to a sedated patient’s heart. In other occasions, a course of action called catheter ablation may be utilised to scar tissue that’s creating the erratic signals–[Heart BEATING]– in the hopes of finding back again to that typical beat.


Wednesday January 12, 2022