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.