How do you take care of your heart after 40?
As you find yourself hitting 40, you may start thinking about health issues you previously didn’t concern yourself with. Should heart health be one of them?
Irregular heartbeats, or heart arrhythmias, occur when the electrical signals that coordinate your heartbeats are not working properly. This causes your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. If you have an irregular heartbeat, it can feel like your heart is fluttering or racing. In some cases, arrhythmias can be harmless, but sometimes they can be life-threatening. Effective treatment for irregular heartbeats can regulate your heartbeat and help your heart be healthier.
Atrial fibrillation — or AFib — is the most common heart arrhythmia disorder. About 2.2 million Americans are currently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, and that number is expected to double in the next 30 years. Atrial fibrillation is caused by an electrical “short circuit” in the heart. This electrical issue can create rapid or skipped heartbeats. Atrial fibrillation can be found in both patients who have been diagnosed with heart disease and those who have no heart disease. As you age, your chances of developing atrial fibrillation increase.
If you experience any of these common atrial fibrillation symptoms, consider an evaluation with an Ohio State physician:
In some cases, you may not experience any symptoms with an irregular heartbeat. If you do notice arrhythmia symptoms, they may include:
Certain health conditions can cause you to develop an irregular heartbeat. These conditions include:
Other factors that can cause an irregular heartbeat include:
Living a heart-healthy lifestyle can help reduce your chances of developing an arrhythmia. Lifestyle modifications you can make to reduce your risk include:
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of the top programs in the nation treating heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation, and receives some of the highest marks for hospital quality and safety. We offer cutting-edge care to treat arrhythmia in a dedicated floor of Ohio State Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. Our patients are treated by world-class physicians who are also pioneering new research, devices and surgical procedures to innovate care.
We are one of the highest volume centers in the nation offering the full spectrum of arrhythmia treatment options. These include device implants such as pacemakers and defibrillators, ablation procedures and surgical procedures. Ohio State has been a leading pioneer in researching and testing pacemaker and defibrillator technology. This experience provides added benefits patient care and gives you access to leading-edge devices.
Suspect you have an abnormal heart rhythm? Start your evaluation with Ohio State by calling 614-293-1410.