Mayo Clinic electrophysiologist Fred Kusumoto, M.D., describes what comes about in the coronary heart to build atrial fibrillation and what can be completed to deal with it.

MODERATOR: This is a normal heartbeat. [HEART BEATING] Atrial fibrillation interrupts this common beat.

FRED KUSUMOTO, M.D.: “In atrial fibrillation, as an alternative of the atria squeezing in a typical common manner, the atria defeat irregularly and chaotically.”

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

FRED KUSUMOTO, M.D.: “In some cases people today feel their coronary heart palpitating or beating extremely, very fast or a flip-flop in their heart or upper body location. Other times, persons just observe that they’re additional quick of breath when they walk upstairs.”

MODERATOR: Dr. Kusumoto states atrial fibrillation decreases the heart’s blood pumping effectiveness and puts a affected individual at larger hazard for blood clots, coronary heart failure, and stroke. In some scenarios, atrial fibrillation can be corrected with medication or by administering a shock to a sedated patient’s heart. In other instances, a technique named catheter ablation may perhaps be utilized to scar tissue that is producing the erratic signals–[HEART BEATING]– in the hopes of acquiring again to that normal defeat.