Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosis & Treatment

Atrial fibrillation is a cardiac irregularity, characterized by rapid and chaotic heartbeats, and it affects the lives of over 33 million people worldwide. Fortunately, with the right medical guidance and lifestyle adjustments, managing AFib can be less stressful. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we specialize in transforming medical challenges into manageable plans. Our commitment to personalized care and continuous patient support makes us the preferred choice for managing your heart health.

Understanding Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a common type of sustained heart arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat. It occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat out of coordination with the two lower chambers. This condition can vary in severity. Some may experience it as a brief occurrence, others as a permanent condition.

What Causes AFib?

While the exact cause of AFib isn't always clear, risk factors include age, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions. In AFib, the heart's electrical signals become erratic, primarily due to changes in heart tissue and stress on the atrial walls. This leads to a fast, fluttering, and irregular heartbeat.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Common symptoms of AFib include palpitations, fatigue, reduced exercise capacity, and shortness of breath. However, some people with AFib might not experience any symptoms at all, which is why it’s often discovered during routine physical exams or through ECG tests. 

Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation

Lifestyle Adjustments for Managing Atrial Fibrillation

Managing AFib effectively involves a mix of medical treatment and lifestyle adjustments. Here’s what you can do:

  • Heart-Healthy Diet: Eating a balanced diet of fruits, lean protein, vegetables, and quality whole grains can help manage AFib. It's advisable to limit the intake of caffeine, alcohol, and high-sodium foods, as these can trigger or worsen symptoms.
  • Regular Physical Activity: Exercise is beneficial for overall heart health. However, individuals with AFib should consult their healthcare provider to tailor a safe exercise plan that considers their condition and physical limitations.
  • Stress Management: Since stress can exacerbate AFib, techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can be effective in managing stress levels.

How Atrial Fibrillation Affects Daily Life

Living with AFib means adapting to the unpredictability of heart rhythms. This can affect daily activities, causing anxiety about when and where an episode might occur. Social life, work, and personal relationships can also be impacted, as the condition might necessitate frequent medical appointments and sudden adjustments to plans.

Monitoring Atrial Fibrillation

Regular monitoring is an important part of managing AFib. The use of wearable devices that track heart rate and rhythm can help patients maintain an ongoing record of their heart condition, which is invaluable for doctor visits. Keeping regular appointments with your local cardiologist also allows for consistent tracking of your heart's health and adjustments to your treatment plan as needed.

Minimally Invasive Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation

For some patients, medication and lifestyle changes might not be enough to manage AFib effectively. In such cases, minimally invasive procedures such as catheter ablation or the installation of a pacemaker may be recommended. These procedures are designed to restore normal heart rhythm with minimal recovery time and disruption to the patient's life.

Do You Need Atrial Fibrillation Treatment?

At Capitol Cardiology Associates, our experts are leaders in the field of arrhythmia management, employing state-of-the-art techniques that offer the best outcomes with the least invasiveness. Our approach is always tailored to the individual needs of our patients, ensuring that each person receives the care that best suits their unique situation. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of AFib, don't hesitate to reach out to us for more information about your options for atrial fibrillation treatment. 

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair