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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
No: Congenital heart problems can be inherited and this can lead to afib. But afib itself is not.
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Dr. Joshua Buckler
18 years experience Cardiology
Possibly: While there are no clear genes identified (and in fact we know relatively little about an issue that plagues so many people) there clearly are familie ... Read More
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Dr. Waseem Barham
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Rarely: Familial AF is described and little is known so far. Different genes have been implicated and it probably constitutes 5% or less of AF cases.

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
It can be: If afib is difficult to treat ie unable to convert patient to normal rythm or unable to slow rate down with medicines, or perhapse the patient can't t ... Read More
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Dr. Tonga Nfor
15 years experience Cardiology
Usually not...but: Most patients with atrial fibrillation can still work. How ever it may get difficult to function normally if you get heart failure, very fast heart ra ... Read More
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Dr. Waseem Barham
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: It depends on the disability resulting from its symptoms. many patients of who have it report no symptoms at all. Older patient with other structural ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ramin Rafie
17 years experience Geriatrics
Cva, mi: 1 - if the rate goes too fast...This can become a problem 2 - more commonly, when they beat so erratically, it gives an opportunity for the blood to ... Read More
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
39 years experience Geriatrics
Causes strokes: Atrial fibrillation causes stagnation of blood in the atrium contributing to the formation of clots there which may travel to the brain causing a stro ... Read More
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Dr. John Garner
15 years experience Cardiology
Generally, It's Not: Afib isn't a fatal condition and while people who have it live shorter lives, most of that is because they also have other issues. It's problematic if ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: When the heart is in atrial fibrillation, it causes blood to clot in the chambers of the heart. These clots can flow out of the heart and cause strok ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ramin Rafie
17 years experience Geriatrics
Ekg: Multiple different ways such as physical exam, most of them usually have to be confirmed by e k g.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claude Parola
39 years experience Internal Medicine
Rapid heart beat: You may feel that your heart is racing, sometimes you may feel like passing out, you feel irregular heart beat.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
It can be: It can lead to stroke unless you take anticoagulants.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Bress
49 years experience Internal Medicine
It depends: Atrial fibrillation is an irregular rhythm in which the atria beat at nearly 400 beats/min. It is common in older patients as a reflection of aging of ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Strader
21 years experience Cardiology
Heart rate / stroke: Two issues with afib. The first is stroke. Afib is a risk for stroke, and thus all patients with afib need some sort of blood thinner. Whether that ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Roosth
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Slow down the heart: Beta blockers and digoxin are often used first to slow down the heart when there is rapid heart rate of af. In some patients, electric shocks can be ... Read More
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