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.
What does a pacemaker do?
A pacemaker provides an electrical signal to the heart when it detects the heart rate is too low, causing the heart rate to rise to a normal level. The pacemaker also improves upon certain symptoms that people with low heart rates may be experiencing, like blackouts/fainting, breathlessness and fatigue.
Would my gout benefit from a steroid injection?
If you are having an acute and severe attack of gout, your doctor may recommend a steroid injection. The needle can be inserted right into the joint to get the steroid into the affected area and can help provide relief of your gout attack without oral medications.
How can I lower my risk of cervical cancer?
There are a few precautions you can take to help lower your risk of developing cervical cancer. There is a vaccination against the virus that causes cervical cancer (HPV) which can be given to preteens (as we want to give it before they become sexually active). If you smoke, you should consider stopping as it can lead to the growth of abnormal cells in your cervix.