Mayo Clinic electrophysiologist Fred Kusumoto, M.D., points out what takes place in the coronary heart to create atrial fibrillation and what can be accomplished to repair it.

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

FRED KUSUMOTO, M.D.: “In atrial fibrillation, rather of the atria squeezing in a ordinary frequent fashion, the atria beat irregularly and chaotically.”

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

FRED KUSUMOTO, M.D.: “In some conditions men and women really feel their coronary heart palpitating or beating really, quite fast or a flip-flop in their coronary heart or upper body location. Other periods, persons just discover that they are a lot more short of breath when they stroll upstairs.”

MODERATOR: Dr. Kusumoto states atrial fibrillation decreases the heart’s blood pumping performance and puts a affected individual at higher danger for blood clots, heart failure, and stroke. In some conditions, atrial fibrillation can be corrected with medicine or by administering a shock to a sedated patient’s coronary heart. In other situations, a procedure called catheter ablation may well be utilized to scar tissue that is producing the erratic indicators–[HEART BEATING]– in the hopes of acquiring back again to that normal defeat.