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Dangerous Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) can happen to anyone

Jul 10, 2019

‘Electrician of the heart’

Expert helps treat AFib, other electrical problems of the heart

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - At least 2.7 million Americans are living with a condition called Atrial Fibrillation (also called AFib). They’re five times more likely to suffer a stroke, blood clot or heart failure. But many may not experience symptoms, may not know they have it, or aren’t taking symptoms seriously. Many are misdiagnosed and treated inappropriately. (Source: American Heart Association)


Valay Parikh, M.D. FACC, is a cardiac electrophysiologist who practices at Baptist Health System and specializes in treating patients with AFib. “You could describe me as being like an electrician but in regards to the human heart,” Dr. Parikh said. When a problem occurs with the heart’s electrical system such as AFib, or any type of arrhythmia, Dr. Parikh is among the experts who specialize in treating patients who suffer from these types of problems. February kicks off American Heart Month and the perfect time to remind people to get evaluated for electrical issue of the heart such as AFib so treatment can begin immediately. It can be lifesaving.

“Many may not even be aware that they have AFib, which is an irregular heartbeat that interrupts normal blood flow through the heart chambers. “With proper evaluation and diagnosis, we can get someone on a treatment plan and help lower their risks for serious complications,” Dr. Parikh said. Electrophysiology treatments can include pacemaker placement, ablation and/or advanced medications.