Atrial Fibrillation Specialist

Dmitry Gorelik, MD -  - Board Certified Cardiologist

Heart and Vein Center

Dmitry Gorelik, MD

Board Certified Cardiologist located in Union, NJ

If you have atrial fibrillation, Dr. Dmitry Gorelik provides comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment plans at his office in West Orange, New Jersey. Board-certified cardiologist Dmitry Gorelik, MD, and his team are equipped with the latest technologies to offer a fast and accurate diagnosis. When necessary, they can provide medications and other therapies to improve your heart health. Find out more about treating and preventing atrial fibrillation by calling the office or booking online today.

Atrial Fibrillation Q & A

What is atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is the most common variant of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation is typically caused by dysfunction in your heart’s electrical system, which causes your heart to beat faster than it normally would.

Your heart consists of four chambers that work together to pump blood all over your body. When you have atrial fibrillation, the upper and lower chambers don’t work together, which results in a lack of blood circulating to your lungs and other organs.

This lack of blood flow can cause you to develop a variety of symptoms that can interfere with your quality of life. When left untreated, atrial fibrillation can cause chronic illness and life-threatening complications.

What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

Some individuals develop atrial fibrillation without any symptoms. When symptoms do develop, you may experience them occasionally, or they may be frequent and severe.

Symptoms of atrial fibrillation might include:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations

Without treatment, you have a greater risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke. 

How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?

During your evaluation, Dr. Gorelik reviews your personal and family health history and conducts a physical exam.

He may also order heart testing to identify the cause of your atrial fibrillation and evaluate your overall cardiac health, especially if you already have other heart issues. 

Dr. Gorelik may also request additional diagnostic testing, like electrocardiograms (ECGs or EKGs) and chest X-rays, to get a better understanding of your condition. 

What treatments are available for atrial fibrillation?

Initially, Dr. Gorelik may suggest lifestyle changes to prevent your heart condition from worsening. These changes may include:

  • Eating healthy
  • Smoking cessation
  • Getting regular exercise

Dr. Gorelik may also prescribe medications, such as beta blockers or blood thinners, to prevent blood clots that cause a heart attack or stroke.

If lifestyle alterations and medications aren’t enough, Dr. Gorelik may recommend surgery to remove the damaged heart tissue that triggers your arrhythmia.

The goal of treatment for atrial fibrillation is to restore a normal heart rhythm and prevent additional complications that can affect your health.

If you have an irregular heartbeat or heart issues run in your family, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Dmitry Gorelik today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.