Atrial fibrillation is really a condition that involves both the right and the left atrium and, in many ways, the dominant triggers for atrial fibrillation are actually more commonly found in the left atrium, but when the atrial fibrillation kicks in and the atrium are not beating in a synchronized way, they are just wiggling like a can of worms, that by definition involves both the right and the left atrium.
Fascinating, okay. Now do you mind a couple of more questions from women on the site?
Dr. Lishan Aklog:
So ladies, if you are listening right now on EmpowHER, one of the great functions is if you want to ask a question to one of our experts like Dr. Lishan Aklog, you can just click the ‘ASK’ button and we will do our best to get that question asked while the show is going on. And another anonymous woman said, “Dr. Aklog, I have a lot of stress at work, does this cause or trigger my afib or is it something else that I might be feeling? Thank you.”
Dr. Lishan Aklog:
Another excellent question. So, although I said earlier that lifestyle thing, things that you can control in your life are not a direct cause of atrial fibrillation, so you are not going to get atrial fibrillation because you have a stressful life or other things, they definitely can exacerbate it. So, people who have atrial fibrillation, their heart is susceptible to triggers that are going to generally rev up the heart, the function of the heart and rev up the heart rate. So when you get stressed, your body produces burst of adrenalin and the effect of adrenalin on the heart in general and particularly on patients who have atrial fibrillation can be to either trigger a bout of atrial fibrillation or if you are in continuous atrial fibrillation it can make the heart race at a much faster rate. So, controlling stress is definitely a part of the short-term treatment for atrial fibrillation.