A 39-year-old member asked:
Does atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response cause ventricular fibrillation?
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Dr. Michael Fenster answered
30 years experience in Cardiology
Rarely: In rare settings where the usual conduction pathway is not in place atrial fibrillation (af) can lead to ventricular fibrillation (vf) . For example, in WPW an abnormal tract of tissue can conduct impulses directly from the atrium to the ventricle. In rapid af with WPW this abnormal pathway can allow these impulses into the ventricles and cause vf. In af thru a normal av node this will not occur.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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