Coming to Terms with AFib
Heart rhythm disorders, or arrhythmias, are problems that affect the electrical system, or "wiring," of the heart muscle. Heart arrhythmias are very common and nearly everyone will experience an abnormal heart rhythm at some point. Most are not serious. For those arrhythmias that are serious, it is important to determine the cause of the arrhythmia.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder. It causes poor blood flow throughout the body. During atrial fibrillation the upper and lower chambers of the heart are out of sync and beat chaotically. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include irregular heart beat and shortness of breath.
There are 3 different types of atrial fibrillation – paroxysmal, persistent and permanent. Dr. Saumil Shah discusses the types of atrial fibrillation here.
Dr. Gilligan also reviews the types of atrial fibrillation in this video.