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New Treatment Effective for Atrial Fibrillation!
Atrial fibrillation: Irregular Heartbeat: New Treatment!
About 2.2 million people suffer from irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation)*--and about 15%-20% of those who have it will suffer from strokes. So says the "American Heart Association".
The chances of developing this condition increases with age and current drugs and electric shock therapy don't always work. But now there's a new treatment that uses radio wave heat therapy that proves successful in 74% of the cases of chronic irregular heartbeat!
The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
*Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) occurs when the heart beats abnormally in its upper two chambers.
Irregular Heartbeat: How the Treatment Works...
Doctors call the procedure catheter ablation, in which a catheter is guided through a blood vessel to the heart. High-frequency radio waves are then used to burn away heart tissue that's causing the problem.
There was a similar procedure that was approved but only for those who suffered from irregular heartbeat occasionally--and for those where medication was not effective.
The new treatment is more targeted and approved for those with chronic atrial fibrillation. And as i said, is successful in 74% of the cases studied.
Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...
If you suffer from atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), then you should make an appointment with your doctor to see if this treatment can help you, especially since 15%-20% of those who have it are likely to suffer a stroke.
Additionally, the study said that the treatment had overall positive effects on heart rhythm, symptoms, and even quality of life.
So what are you waiting for? Take this article with you if you suffer from irregular heartbeat and visit your doctor! Time's a wasting!
NOTE: Please see my latest hub on a new and better treatment for atrial fibrillation: