Atrial fibrillation, sometimes called "Afib", is the most prevalent type of heart arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) and affects more than 4 million people in the U.S. With atrial fibrillation, the heart's upper chambers beat irregularly, affecting blood flow to the heart muscle and to the rest of the body. This can cause blood clots leading to a stroke.
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Any kind of abnormal heart rhythm is referred to as an arrhythmia. There are two types of arrhythmias: atrial arrhythmia, also called supraventricular arrhythmia, which begins in the upper chambers of the heart, and ventricular arrhythmia, which begins in the lower chambers of the heart. The most common arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, or "afib", which affects more than 4 million Americans.
Deep vein thrombosis, commonly referred to as DVT, is a condition that results from the formation of a thrombus, or blood clot, in a vein deep within the body. In addition to causing leg pain and swelling, the condition also can be complicated by pulmonary embolus (PE) should a piece of clot break loose and travel into the pulmonary (lung) circulation. A PE can seriously impair breathing (oxygenation), stress the heart, and can result in death.
The mitral valve controls the flow of blood going in one direction from the lungs to the body. If the valve does not close properly, or open completely, the heart may have to work twice as hard to do its job, which can lead to life threatening heart conditions. Frankel Cardiovascular Center heart doctors offer advanced mitral valve treatments that can't be found at other hospitals because of U-M's involvement in clinical trials.
At the Stroke Clinic in the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, stroke specialists aim to prevent you from suffering a recurring stroke and to determine what caused your stroke. As part of the Michigan Comprehensive Stroke Program, you have access to stroke specialists in multiple specialties working to help you to not have a recurring stroke.