A 44-year-old member asked:
why is atrial fibrillation dangerous?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Ramin Rafie answered
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 clot in the atria, and then when that clot is pushed into the ventricles it can be pushed into the circulation where it may cause an mi or cva.
Answered on Nov 25, 2013
Dr. Pedro Hernandez answered
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 stroke or cva or sudden death.
Answered on Jul 28, 2014
Dr. John Garner answered
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 the lower chamber (ventricles) are driven too fast (>130/min on ongoing basis, usually) which can result in impaired pumping function of the heart (rate related cardiomyopathy). Many people also have disabling symptoms from the fast/irreg heart rate.
Answered on May 13, 2018
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