Welcome to Bargas Midwest Physicians Group
Meet Dr. Bargas:
Dr. Bargas is board certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and electrophysiology. Electrophysiologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms.
Dr. Bargas received her medical diploma at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. She completed her internal medicine residency, as well as her clinical cardiology and electrophysiology fellowships at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center.
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
The heart is a muscle that has four parts, called chambers, responsible for contracting and pumping blood. When the two
upper chambers, called atria, quiver instead of beat strongly and effectively, the result is atrial fibrillation of AFib. This is dangerous because when the chambers of the heart don’t beat correctly, not all of the blood is pumped out, allowing for possible clots. If a blood clot moves out of the heart and travels to an artery in the brain, where it can get stuck, stroke may occur. In fact, about 15 percent of strokes occur in people who suffer from atrial fibrillation.
The goal in treating patients with atrial fibrillation is to control the heart beat and prevent the clotting of blood, and
therefore a possible stroke. There are numerous medications available to help with these issues. There are anti-arrhythmia medications to control heartbeat and medications to keep the blood thinner in an attempt to prevent clotting. One of the
most common medications given is aspirin. In more complex cases, an implantation of a pacemaker to regulate heartbeat or surgery on the atria of the heart may be necessary.
Atrial fibrillation is a condition that can and should be treated. See a physician regularly so that your heart may be monitored. In most instances, when attention is given to the situation, atrial fibrillation doesn’t interrupt daily life. If left untreated, it can cause heart damage, blood clots or possible stroke.