Atrial Fibrillation is a condition where the heart beats very fast and irregularly. Some patients only experience mild symptoms with atrial fibrillation such as palpitations, breathlessness or light headedness, while others can experience profound symptoms and feel quite unwell with it. 1 in 3 strokes are caused by AF in people over the age of 60 and people with AF have a 3-5 times greater risk of stroke than people without AF.
If you have recently been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, your physician might refer you to a Cardiologist where you will be assessed for stroke risk. One of the ways a Cardiologist assesses stroke risk is by using a guideline called the CHADS score. This takes a number of factors into consideration in order to ensure the patient is put on the right treatment for stroke prevention.
Atrial Fibrillation is a condition where the top two chambers of the heart called the atria beat fast and irregularly. When this occurs, blood can pool in the atria causing blood clots. These blood clots can break off and travel to various parts of the body including the brain, causing a stroke. In order to prevent stroke in patients they need to be assessed by a qualified practitioner and in many cases anticoagulants are prescribed.
How do ACE inhibitors work?
ACE inhibitors are a class of medications that are used to treat cardiac conditions. They work by lowering the blood pressure so there is less tension inside the blood vessels of the heart. This prevents the heart from working too hard, and from allowing weakened areas of the heart to start affecting the normal areas of the heart.
What is adult onset scoliosis?
Scoliosis typically starts affecting people in their early years. If an adult begins to develop scoliosis, it can come on very quickly and progress much more rapidly than a child or teen who has scoliosis. If you have noticed changes in your posture and think the natural curve in your spine may be changing, you should visit your physician for scoliosis testing.
What should I ask my doctor at my diabetes visits?
When you see your doctor for appointments to look at your diabetes, there are two important questions that you can ask him/her. The first is to ask how you are doing with your diabetes care, and what you could be doing to help prevent common health issues that can be caused from having diabetes. The other is to ask if any necessary tests are up to date and whether your medications need to be adjusted. You can be an active partner in helping manage your diabetes, alongside your physician.