CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has established the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Arrhythmia Center, an access and assessment center, to address the needs of individuals with atrial fibrillation, a problem that is often considered a minor health problem, but troublesome for the patient.
The Arrhythmia Center includes the following services:
- Free consultation appointments with EKG
- Appropriate referral based on individual's need
- Resource and information on the condition at www.christusarrhythmiacenter.org
- Follow-up and data collection, outcomes performance
"Learning about what causes afib, what behaviors increase your risk of occurrences, and the prevalence of associated medical conditions may help you understand why the mini-maze is the optimal treatment option for you," says Cardiovascular Surgeon, Xavier Mousset, M.D.
Atrial Fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. During any cardiac arrhythmia, the heart's rhythm is disrupted causing abnormal contractions of the heart muscle. Atrial Fibrillation is a unique cardiac arrhythmia that directly affects the upper chambers of the heart.
Atrial fibrillation occurs when irregular electrical impulses initiated in the left atrium disrupt the precision of cardiac conduction. These electrical impulses move across both atria, they cause erratic, fast, fluttery contractions which disrupt proper full contractions of the atria. Not only is the atria unable to contract as a whole chamber, which significantly reduces its ability to pump blood into the ventricles, but the rapidity of the atria's contractions interferes with the precise rhythm between the atria and the ventricles. The rhythm of the ventricles tends to be much slower than the atria during atrial fibrillation, which distinguishes atrial fibrillation from atrial tachycardia and atrial flutter.