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Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition that causes your heart to beat in an irregular pattern. It can be scary to hear you've got a heart condition, but there's good news: with the right approach, you can manage and sometimes even reverse this heart rhythm disorder. This doesn't just mean taking medicine—your daily habits play a big part, too.
By joining HealthspanMD Cardiology™, patients gain an understanding of their Afib and the opportunities to reverse it or dramatically decrease events.
R. Todd Hurst, MD, based in Phoenix, AZ, is a seasoned cardiologist dedicated to helping his patients achieve their best heart health. With his guidance, you'll learn how combining medical care with healthy lifestyle changes can make a real difference in managing and even reversing Afib.
Ready to feel confident and in control of your heart health? Let's break it down together.
What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is like an electrical storm in your heart. It makes the upper chambers, the atria, flutter quickly and out of sync with the lower chambers. This irregular heart rhythm means your heart isn’t pumping blood as well as it should. When the heart beats out of step, some blood doesn't move correctly and can form clots. If a blood clot leaves the heart, it can cause serious problems, like a stroke.
People with high blood pressure or underlying heart disease, like coronary artery disease, are more likely to develop AFib. It's a common condition, affecting millions worldwide, and it can lead to other heart-related issues, including heart failure.
You might experience symptoms like a fluttering feeling in your chest (atrial flutter), or chest pain, or you might feel tired and out of breath. The scary part? Sometimes, you might not notice anything different and don't realize your heart isn't keeping its normal rhythm. That's why it's so crucial to understand AFib and get checked out if you think something might be wrong.
Atrial Fibrillation Can Be Reversed
You might have heard that once you have atrial fibrillation, or AFib, it's with you for life. But that's not the full story. While AFib is a serious condition, it's possible to get your heart back to its normal rhythm and reduce the risks that come with it, like blood clots and heart failure. Research shows that with the right treatment plan, which often includes managing high blood pressure, living a healthier lifestyle, and carefully following medical advice, you can work towards reversing atrial fibrillation. Think of it as teamwork—your doctor's expertise combined with your commitment to taking care of your heart can lead to big improvements.
By taking steps to prevent blood clots and getting your heart beating in a steady pattern, not only can you feel better, but you can also reduce the likelihood of serious complications. It's key to catch AFib early, so if you've got an atrial fibrillation diagnosis, don't lose hope. Data shows that people can, indeed, reverse atrial fibrillation and turn things around for their heart health.
Why is Reversing AFib So Important?
Getting your AFib under control is a really big deal for your health. When your heart beats normally, without an irregular heartbeat, it works better. You'll feel more energetic and less like you're running a marathon when you're just walking up a flight of stairs.
Reversing AFib can mean a smaller chance of developing bigger problems down the line, like a heart attack or congestive heart failure, where your heart can’t pump blood well enough. It also brings down your risk of having an ischemic stroke, which can happen when a blood clot blocks blood flow to your brain. That's because a steady heartbeat helps prevent blood clots from forming in the first place.
Managing AFib also takes some pressure off your kidneys, reducing the risk for chronic kidney disease, which often goes hand in hand with heart disease. Plus, if you've got persistent AFib, acting on it can help reduce the number of hospital visits and procedures you might need in the future.
The good news is by keeping your high blood pressure in check, staying active, and following your doctor's advice, you can combat AFib. This keeps your whole body healthier for longer and lets you live life on your terms, free from the worry of serious health issues. It all starts with a commitment to your heart, and we're here to help you every beat of the way.
The HealthspanMD Approach to Reversing AFib
When you're up against atrial fibrillation (AFib), think of HealthspanMD Cardiology as your trusted teammate in turning the tide for your heart health. Led by Dr. R. Todd Hurst, our team has a successful game plan laid out in three clear steps. This approach is backed by the understanding that making positive changes can drastically decrease risks associated with AFib – heart complications can drop by more than 80%, and you can even lower your chances of facing other conditions like cancer and dementia.
We can help you achieve these goals using the Healthspan-10™ 5x5 approach. Simply put, adding to your lifespan and lowering your risk of heart disease comes down to 5 objectives and 5 tools.
Your Healthspan Coach’s 5 Tools When you join HealthspanMD, your personal Healthspan Coach will guide you through the 5x5 approach and provide you with these tools to help you achieve your health goals:
The 5 Healthspan Objectives
Studies have shown that those who focus on the following 5 objectives have longer lives and fewer risk factors for disease:
- Good blood pressure
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Optimal blood sugar and insulin metabolism
- Physical vitality quantified by muscle mass and aerobic capacity
- A healthy amount of fat, especially visceral fat
Your Healthspan Coach’s 5 Tools
When you join HealthspanMD, your personal Healthspan Coach will guide you through the 5x5 approach and provide you with these tools to help you achieve your health goals:
- Nutrition based on your needs and preferences
- Physical activity focused on what you enjoy
- Healthy, consistent sleep
- Effective stress management
- Incorporating toxin avoidance into your lifestyle
By focusing on these 5 objectives and utilizing these 5 tools, you can take control of your health, extend your lifespan, and reverse your AFib.
And we don't stop at office visits. Our care extends to online training personalized for your journey and even recommends meal delivery services that align with your heart-healthy eating goals. With HealthspanMD Cardiology, you're never on your own. We provide proactive care and a support system designed just for you, no matter where you are on your heart health journey.
Learn More With Dr. Hurst & Dr. Beshai’s “Talks on Heart Health”
Interested in learning more about heart health and reversing AFib? Join us on February 15th for an enlightening talk on heart health featuring HealthspanMD Cardiology’s Dr. Robert Todd Hurst and Dr. John Beshai, founder of the Heart Rhythm Institute of Arizona.
Dr. Hurst will be presenting “How to Add 12-14 Healthy Years To Your Life - 5 Objectives to Prevent, Treat, and Even Reverse the Deadliest Diseases,” while Dr. Beshai will present “The Truth About Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) & What You Can Do About It.”
Date: February 15, 2024
Location: Clarendale Arcadia - 3233 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ
Time: Doors will open at 9am, at which time a light breakfast will be served!
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain valuable information about managing AFib. Limited seating is available, so please RSVP to secure your spot.
Reverse Your AFib Now With HealthspanMD
Ready to take control of your heart's health and reverse your AFib? Our HealthspanMD team is eager to help. Join our program today, and we'll be by your side with empathy, support, and expert care as we walk you through each step toward a healthier heart. With our program, countless patients have taken back control, minimizing risks and reclaiming the energy and vitality that come with a steady heartbeat.
You're not just another patient. You're part of the HealthspanMD family! Together, we can create a personalized plan that can make real changes in your life. Don't wait to feel better or reduce your risk of serious complications.
Schedule an appointment to learn more about our Reverse AFib program and take the first step on the path to a healthier you.