Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Birmingham AL

What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?

Atrial fibrillation, often referred to as “AFib”, is an irregular heartbeat, a rapid heartbeat, or a quivering of the upper chambers of the heart, called the atria. Atrial fibrillation is due to a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system and is the most common heart irregularity or cardiac arrhythmia. If you suffer from Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Macy Smith offers a variety of treatment options to his patients in Birmingham, Alabama.

What Dr. Smith’s AFib Patient’s Say

“I am an 82 year old male who has been plagued with A-Fib for the last 12 years. Dr. Macy Smith was an answer to my prayers when he was hired by CVA. He has cared for my A-Fib for the last 5 years including 2 ablations and 1 Electrical Cardioversion and an excellent drug management program for me. He is kind, patient and a very caring person.” – Anonymous

“I had been suffering from frequent atrial fibrillation for 13 years. Medications did not help and I was told by several cardiologists that there was nothing they could do and not to worry about it. On my first visit to Dr. Smith, he assured me that there was a remedy. Three weeks later he did a cardiac ablation. I had one more episode 2 weeks later but have had no other problems. I have my energy back and a renewed zest for life! Thank you Dr. Smith!!!” – Linda Beyer

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Symptoms of AFib

Atrial Fibrillation Birmingham AL

Symptoms of atrial fibrillation may vary, depending on the patient. The most common symptom of AFib is a quivering or fluttering heartbeat. Some people have no symptoms and are unaware of their condition. The abnormal firing of electrical impulses in the heart causes the atria (the top chambers of the heart) to quiver. The clinical term for this is fibrillation, hence the name of the condition. There are other symptoms that point to a person having AFib:

  • General fatigue
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Fluttering or thumping in the chest
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Faintness
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue when exercising
  • Sweating
  • Chest pain or pressure

The first time experiencing these symptoms, it may be really scary, and you may wonder, “Is this a heart attack?” After fibrillation stops, you may feel drained. For some people, AFib doesn’t stop and may continue on for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your doctor.

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Macy C. Smith, Jr., MD, FACC, FHRS