Your heartbeat is controlled by a series of electrical impulses. If the flow of electrical signals changes, you can experience an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. Though most irregular heartbeats are harmless, some require medical intervention. Consult with your doctor if you have one or more of the following symptoms that may indicate an arrhythmia.
- Palpitations (a fluttering or throbbing sensation in your chest)
- Rapid heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of irregular heart beat. More than 2 million people in the United States are affected by AF.1 Atrial fibrillation occurs when the electrical signal in the upper chambers (or the atria) of your heart circulate rapidly. The disorganization of the signals results in an irregular heart beat. According to the American College of Cardiology, atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting more than 2 million Americans. The number of patients diagnosed with AF is expected to increase even more due to an aging population, a rising number of people with chronic heart disease, and improved diagnostic technologies. AF is associated with increased long-term risk for severe and disabling stroke, and it is estimated that 15 to 20 percent of strokes occur in people with AF. Additionally, it increases the risk of heart failure and all causes of death, especially in women. 1. Atrial Fibrillation Fact Sheet. CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_atrial_fibrillat... 2. ACC/AHA/ESC 2006 Guidelines for Management of Patient in Atrial Fibrillation. JACC 2006; 48:864-906.
Diagnosing an Irregular Heartbeat
Along with blood tests, your doctor may recommend an electrophysiology (EP) study to diagnose whether you have an irregular heartbeat, pinpoint its source, and identify the best treatment. This procedure involves inserting small, flexible catheters into a blood vessel and guiding them to your heart. Electrodes on each catheter measure the electrical signals traveling from one chamber to another and map any abnormalities.
State-of-the-Art Technology: Sensei X Robotic System
The Sensei X Robotic System combines the benefits of catheter-based procedures with controlled, flexible EP robotics. The Sensei System assists your physician with catheter navigation, providing stability and control. Your physician has access to technology provided by the global leader in intravascular robotics.
Getting back into the Rhythm of Life
Let’s face it, when it comes to your health of a loved one, knowledge and information is power. That’s why it’s important to consult your physician if you notice a change in your health including an irregular heart beat that may be concerning you. For you and your family, it can help add up to more peace of mind. In the U.S. the safety and effectiveness of this device for use with cardiac ablation catheters, in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, have not been established. The use of this device carries the risks associated with electrophysiology navigation and mapping. Please consult labels and IFU for indications, contraindications, hazards, warnings and information for use.