If nothing can tranquil your heart and your mind, if you cannot eliminate the stream of your fast heartbeat and thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing more stress and increase your heartbeat even more, you might have arrhythmia.
The arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation makes your heart beat too fast (200-300 heartbeats per minute when you are in a relaxing position). This often causes by cells in your heart that aren‘t working as they should. It can cause a dizziness, shortness of breath, and even stroke. The arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation can be treated by catheter ablation that destroys the cells that are causing the problems. Catheter ablation uses flexible, thin wires called electrode catheters to find and destroy problem; the catheters will be inserted through the neck or groin.
To find the problem, doctor performs an electrophysiology study (EPS). During this study, he tries to start your arrhythmia. An electrical map of the heart is then created. This shows the type of arrhythmia you have and where the problem is. Now, doctor knows where to ablate and an electrode catheter is moved to that area, energy is sent through the catheter to destroy the problem cells. After the problem areas are destroyed, a doctor tries to restart your arrhythmia. If a fast rhythm cannot be started, the ablation is a success. If a fast rhythm does start again, another ablation may be needed. In most cases, catheter ablation takes 2-4 hours and is done in an electrology lab. You receive medication to prevent pain, it also helps you sleep or relax during the procedure. When procedure is finished, the catheters are taken out of your body; no stitches are needed. The risks of catheter ablation are fairly low comparing to the benefits you receive. After this procedure, you may need to lie flat for 2-6 hours; you will go home later that day or stay in the hospital overnight. Most people can climb stairs and perform light activity soon after catheter ablation and return to the full routine within a few days. However, you should avoid heavy lifting, running and other strenuous activities for a short time. In many cases, one ablation is enough to treat an arrhythmia.
If you constantly focus on your heart problem, it is time to consider visiting a cardiologist, who using his knowledge and experience would fix your problems much faster than you might think. Then, you will be able to get a sense of peace, calm, and balance that benefits both your health and your emotional well-being. All the negative information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress would be automatically cleared away. You would be gaining a new perspective on new situation and healthy lifestyle.
Arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation can cause a stroke. In the US, in Florida, call Dr. Zide’s offices 305-792-0012, 305-0620 or 305-571-0671 before it is too late and schedule an appointment. In Aventura Medical Center and Hospital, where Dr. Zide performs ablation and other procedures, the Heart Services Department offers 24-hour emergency services and has five cardiac catheterization labs and state-of-the-art equipment for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. It has the latest state-of-the-art technology for robotic surgery, the da Vinci S HD Surgical System focusing in different areas including heart surgery. Aventura Medical Center and Hospital is fully licensed and accredited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Cardiologist Dr. Kenneth Zide specializes in heart rhythm disorder and cardiac rhythm management. His expertise includes electrophysiology studies; cardiac resynchronization for heart failure; pacemaker and defibrillator insertion; and both medical and ablation therapies for arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), atrial flutter, and ventricular tachycardia (VT). He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in History and Sociology of Science and received a Master's in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zide attended the University Of Miami School Of Medicine, and after receiving his MD degree, stayed in Miami to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospitals. He pursued fellowships in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He practiced on the west coast of Florida before coming to South Florida and joining Miami-Dade Cardiology Consultants (MDCC). Doctor Zide is ABIM-board certified in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease, and in internal medicine. He is a native Floridian, having grown up in Hollywood. One of his patient said, “Doctor Zide is like Picasso in medical arts, one of the best cardiologists, no doubts. And the Aventura Medical Center and Hospital is his and other top professionals’ super-equipped studio, where they create something that everyone wants and needs - the good health...”