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atrial fibrillation versus ventricular fibrillation. causes and cures?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
46 years experience Cardiology
VF vs AF: Ventricular is lethal instantly. A fib is not lethal and treated with medications or ablation.
Answered on Jan 25, 2019
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
19 years experience Cardiology
Bottom vs. Top: Ventricular fibrillation is from the bottom chamber; vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation - from the top chamber- while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It increases the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal.
Answered on Jan 30, 2020
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