Mayo Clinic electrophysiologist Fred Kusumoto, M.D., explains what comes about in the coronary heart to create atrial fibrillation and what can be carried out to correct it.

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

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

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

FRED KUSUMOTO, M.D.: “In some cases people today sense their coronary heart palpitating or beating incredibly, incredibly rapid or a flip-flop in their coronary heart or upper body region. Other moments, people today just see that they are far more quick of breath when they stroll upstairs.”

MODERATOR: Dr. Kusumoto says atrial fibrillation decreases the heart’s blood pumping efficiency and puts a individual at bigger chance for blood clots, coronary heart failure, and stroke. In some cases, atrial fibrillation can be corrected with medication or by administering a shock to a sedated patient’s coronary heart. In other circumstances, a procedure referred to as catheter ablation may perhaps be utilised to scar tissue that’s making the erratic alerts–[Coronary heart BEATING]– in the hopes of receiving back again to that typical beat.