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what are the risks of atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Atrial fibrillation: Afib is a rapid irregular heart rhythm which can decrease heart efficiency as much as 20% in some patients. It can also be associated with clotting and clots travelling around the body to cause stroke or other problems. Some people have atrial fibrillation as their normal rhythm. Talk to your dr. About it if you have it.
Dr. Waseem Barham
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Risk factors: Some are: ypertension, alcohol, older age, sleep apnea, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, valvular heart disease, heart failure, conditions leading to chronic lung disease with pulmonary hypertension, inflammatory conidtions, acute illness especially postoperative state and infections (although the latter ones are more of triggers than causes).

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of going into atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Several: There are several risks associated with atrial fibrillation (af). The first is that af may cause the heart rate to go up which can cause symptoms of dizziness, palpitations and even syncope. Another, more serious risk associated with af is the increased risk of stroke if left untreated. Finally, if the heart rate continues to run high for long periods of time, heart muscle damge can occur.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Ramin Rafie
Geriatrics 18 years experience
Htn: People with other cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension or CHF or have had an mi that has damaged the heart itself are all at risk for atrial fibrillation.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Am i at an increased risk of stroke? With atrial fibrillation, am i at increased risk of having a stroke?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Yes, : Yes, atrial fibrillation increases the chances of having a stroke because there is an increased risk of blood clots forming in the heart which can then travel to the brain. The risk is proportional to the amount of other stroke risk factors. In other words, the increased risk is small in people without other health conditions, but risk increases with additional risk factors such as advancing age, hypertension, diabetes, heart failure and if there has been a prior stroke. You should talk to your doctor about your stroke risk if you have atrial fibrillation. If the risk is moderate or high, this would warrant taking the blood thinner warfarin. If the stroke risk is small, you should at least take an aspirin.
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What is Atrial fibrillation a risk factor for?

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Internal Medicine 41 years experience
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What are some of the risk factors for getting Atrial fibrillation?

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