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A 28-year-old female asked:

what test/s detect fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia ? what causes them? :/

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
EKG: Ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia are dangerous arrhythmias signifying terminal cardiac or systemic illness and emergency intervention.
Dr. Joseph Mathews
Endocrinology 16 years experience
EKG typically or: If it happens intermittently, your doctor may prescribe an event monitor or holter monitor, which is a device that you wear at home and can detect cardiac arrhythmias. The most common cause is coronary artery disease.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How can someone stop atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Depends: New onset atrial fibrillation is often self limited, going away by itself. But the cause dictates the subsequent course. Thus treating things like high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart failure, over active thyroid hormones, coronary disease, and avoiding alcohol may be important. Some drugs are useful to maintain rate and rhythm. If needed, electric shock (cardioversion) is effective.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is atrial fibrillation inherited?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Sometimes: There is a gene that makes the tendency to get it more likely, but most a fib is due to environmental and aquired factors such as age, valvular heart disease and alcohol.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What does atrial fibrillation feel like?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
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 36-year-old member asked:

Why does atrial fibrillation cause strokes?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Clot formation: Because blood in the left atrium is not propelled forward normally during atiral fibrillation, it allows for the formation of clots. Small areas of blood pooling resembling little eddy currents allow blood to slow down and form clots. If one of these clots is then propelled forward it can travel to the brain, become lodged in a blood vessel and cause a stroke.A clot the size of a pinhead can do it.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What activities can cause one to remain unaware of ventricular fibrillation?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
None: Ventricular fibrillation if not treated immediately is not compatible with life.

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