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can you tell me the symptoms of chronic atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
There may be none: Atrial fibrillation is a heart arrhythmia where the atria (2top chambers) are contracting in a rapid disorganized manner, and the blood is being pumped only as a result of the lower chambers, the ventricles. If the ventricular rate is fast, the symptoms can be palpitations or fluttering in the chest, shortness of breath, chest pains. At fib puts one at risk for strokes, so it must be treated.
Dr. Charles Davant
Family Medicine 49 years experience
How about a stroke?: Chronic a. Fib patients are at high risk for strokes. Until that happens, you might notice fatigue, palpations, poor exercise tolerance.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can atrial fibrillation be psychosomatic?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Not exactly: Stress can increase your adrenaline which can precipitate a.Fib, but usually the heart has to have an enlarged atrium or valvular heart disease in addition to the stress.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can atrial fibrillation resolve itself?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes it comes and goes (paroxysmal), and sometimes it is a onetime thing because of. Stimulants like alcohol or caffeine. Most of the time in an older person it is permanent.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can stress cause atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Yes: Yes it is possible, especially if the heart is damaged , or enlarged.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How does someone prevent atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Avoid stimulants: Avoid alcohol, caffeine, decongestants, valvular heart disease, obesity , hyperthyroidism, chf, hypertension, and old age.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there a relationship between flying and atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Gavin Noble
Cardiology 22 years experience
Not usually: But any stress can trigger af in certain peopl.

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