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is atrial fibrillation life threatening

A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
Indirectly: It can lead to stroke or heart attack of left untreated.
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
19 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Atrial fibrillation increase the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. Strokes from af tend to be worse than non-af strokes. Additionall ... Read More

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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
AV node : Afib has the protection of the av node which is electrical relay station between the artia and ventricles which slows conduction and limits rate of si ... Read More
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Dr. John Garner
15 years experience Cardiology
A circuit breaker: The rhythms in the top chamber during atrial fibrillation can reach and exceed 600 bpm. If this were conducted directly to the lower chamber, it would ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Atrial fibrillation: Some people with untreated atrial fibrillation live many years while others die from blood clots embolizing from the atria to various organs or die ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Atrial fibrillation: I still advocate minimizing intake of caffeine,alcohol and prohibition of smoking and maintenance of normal blood pressure to reduce recurrence of a f ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anita Prakash
28 years experience Cardiology
Yes probably: in a young person as yourself, if you have no structural heart disease and this is "lone atrial fibrillation", then that ought not to prohibit you fro ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Mathew Chengot
42 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Your question if it is what does the medicines to treat atrial fibillation can affect sex life ? Please clarify the answer is yes betabloers especi ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Mills
19 years experience Urology
No: Afib cannot directly cause ed. Medicines used to treat afib can impair erections and conditions associated with afib such as heart failure, coronary ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
19 years experience Cardiology
No, but the meds can: Atrial fib should not affect erectile dysfunction in any direct way. However, two classes of medications commonly used to control heart rate in atrial ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Borookhim
24 years experience Geriatrics
There are many: Causes for atrial fibrillation. An easy one to evaluate for is an over active thyroid by checking a tsh. Other causes are anything that causes structu ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leila Wing
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Irregular heart beat: Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heart beat that results in a fluttering (fibrillating) of the top portion of the heart.
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