The Doctors: What Is Atrial Fibrillation?
It’s estimated that at least three million Americans experience Atrial Fibrillation, but do you know all that much about it? Dr. Travis Stork was joined by Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, for an important discussion on this potentially dangerous health condition.
Atrial Fibrillation is the most common form of atypical heart rhythm, although it’s more prevalent in white men than any other group. While the normal heart should beat anywhere from 60-100 times per minute, Atrial Fibrillation causes the heart to beat irregularly and work a lot harder than it should. The heart of a person with Atrial Fibrillation could beat 150 times per minute or more.
The Drs: Symptoms Of Atrial Fibrillation
A person with Atrial Fibrillation has 5x increased risk for stroke or blood clots that can potentially lead to stroke. Some people will never experience any symptoms at all, but these are the most common symptoms:
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
The Doctors: Atrial Fibrillation Treatment
Thankfully, there are treatments available for Atrial Fibrillation which is usually discovered with the use of a simple stethoscope. A cardiac ablation procedure may help, but it’s extremely important to not overuse caffeine and to never smoke.
The Drs TV: LDL vs. HDL Cholesterol
For more on maintaining heart health, The Doctors fielded a question from legendary Supremes singer Mary Wilson. To help answer her question regarding high cholesterol, Dr. Travis explained the differences between LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol.
HDL cholesterol is like “a scavenger” that helps remove bad cholesterol from your system. LDL cholesterol shoud be low, so to help reduce this bad cholesterol add oats and good fats like avocado and walnuts into your diet.