My Heartbeat feels irregular. Do I have a problem?

  • 1. Is it normal for my heart to skip a beat? It feels like it’s racing
  • 2. How do I know when this becomes a real problem? What are the risks?
  • 3. What causes irregular heartbeat, atrial fibrillation?
  • 4. Can I do anything to make it better?
  • 5. Do I need to do any tests? What will the results tell me?

I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I am coming for a follow-up visit.

  • 1. Am I at risk of heart complications because of my atrial fibrillation?
  • 2. What medications do you recommend and why? How long should I take them?
  • 3. Are there any alternatives to medications? Would you recommend any? Why?
  • 4. What can you tell me about ablation treatment for Atrial Fibrillation?
  • 5. Is my atrial fibrillation serious enough to require a surgery?
  • 6. How often do I need to see a doctor?
  • 7. Can I do anything on my own?

I have atrial fibrillation and I feel worse. My medications make me feel sick.

  • 1. Are my symptoms a sign that my atrial fibrillation is getting worse?
  • 2. Could what I feel be a side effect of the medications I take?
  • 3. Should I switch to a different medication?
  • 4. If I keep taking medications will my atrial fibrillation eventually get better?
  • 5. Am I a good candidate for an ablation treatment?
  • 6. Do you know a good electrophysiology specialist that I can talk to?

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The NAVISTAR® THERMOCOOL®, EZ STEER® THERMOCOOL® NAV, THERMOCOOL® SF NAV, and THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH® Catheters are FDA approved for the treatment of drug refractory recurrent symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, when used with compatible three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping systems. Catheter ablation for AF may not be an option for you if you have any of the following conditions: certain recent heart surgery; prosthetic valves; active systemic infection; certain cancers; intracardiac thrombus, or an interatrial baffle or patch. Consult your physician to find out if catheter ablation is right for you.

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. Only a cardiologist or electrophysiologist can determine whether ablation is an appropriate course of treatment. There are potential risks including bleeding, swelling or bruising at the catheter insertion site, and infection. More serious complications are rare, which can include damage to the heart or blood vessels; blood clots (which may lead to stroke); heart attack, or death. These risks need to be discussed with your doctor and recovery takes time.

THERMOCOOL® Navigation Catheters are indicated for the treatment of recurrent drug/device refractory sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT) due to prior myocardial infarction (MI) in adults.