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 is the decision made to use forceps during labour and delivery?
The decision to use forceps is usually a joint decision between the doctor and the patient.
If it is something that is medically necessary, in that the baby is in distress and has to come out immediately, this is the quickest and safest route. Your physician will make this decision based on the need to have the baby delivered quickly.
What are the types of cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease usually results from plaque buildup in the arteries which causes narrowing or blockage in the arteries. This can lead to chest pain (or angina), heart attack, stroke, or heart failure. Another condition included in the cardiovascular disease group is atrial fibrillation.
What causes Raynaud`s disease?
The exact cause of Raynaud`s is unknown, and most people are affected by primary Raynaud`s which means they don`t have associated diseases with their symptoms. A small number of people develop Raynaud`s that is associated with other conditions or diseases they already have, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.