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Are there any permanent treatments for acute atrial fibrillation?

Are there any permanent treatments for acute atrial fibrillation?

In the right patient: An invasive procedure called an atrial fibrillation ablation using either radio frequency or a freezing technology called cryoablation actually has a relatively high rate of cure in carefully selected patients. I would recommend that you speak with a cardiologist who then can recommend the best electrophysiologist (a type of cardiologist) in your area for this procedure. ...Read more

Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

A heart condition, in which the electrical activity of the heart is abnormal. This abnormal electrical signal causes the heart muscle to contract when it is not supposed to and thus blood is ...Read more


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Dear doctor, I'm suffering from irregular heartbeat, could it be from acute atrial fibrillation?

Dear doctor, I'm suffering from irregular heartbeat, could it be from acute atrial fibrillation?

Possibly: Atrial fibrillation is one of many causes of an "irregular heart beat" but there are many other much more benign causes as well. Talk with your doctor and if they do not find it on ECG then talk to them about longer monitoring with a zio patch or event monitor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a history of atrial fibrillation but this did not show up on the holter monitor. Any suggestions on an actual cause?

What to do if I have a history of atrial fibrillation but this did not show up on the holter monitor. Any suggestions on an actual cause?

Paroxysmal: Timing is critical. If a Holter monitor did not show any atrial fibrillation it's most likely because there was no such activity during the time you carried the monitor, considering the limits of such a test.
That does not mean you did not have atrial fibrillation prior to the test or a chance to develop another self limited episode anytime in the future. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a history of atrial fibrillation but this did not show up on the holter monitor. Any suggestions on an actual cause?

Event monitor: If you are continuing to have symptoms that you feel are possible atrial fibrillation, but you were unlucky enough to not have symptoms during a 24 hour ecg, you physician can order an event monitor. This is an ECG monitor that you can wear for 30 days, which will increase the likelihood of detecting an arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Does atrial fibrillation cause fainting?

Does atrial fibrillation cause fainting?

Afib cause faint?: It is unlikely but I guess possible. The most common cause of faint is "vaso vagel syncope ". This is like after standing a long time, at the sight of blood, etc. ...Read more

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How can food affect atrial fibrillation?

How can food affect atrial fibrillation?

Food can affect meds: Afib is a rythm that can be very fast and can cause a stroke from blod clots going to the brain. Many patients are on Coumadin (warfarin) a blood thinner that works through vitamin k. So if the patient eats green leafy veges and other foods high in vitamin k, it can reverse the Coumadin (warfarin) and make pt suseptable to stroke. Foods and items high in caffiene like coffee chocolate etc can stimulate the heart rate. ...Read more

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Can young adults get atrial fibrillation?

Can young adults get atrial fibrillation?

Yes: I have seen af in 20 year olds. Most likely genetic when it afflicts young people. ...Read more

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Can someone work with atrial fibrillation?

Yes: As long as the heart rate is not to fast and the risk of strike is appropriately dealt with, people work with af. Some people might feel better if they are in normal rhythm. Specific questions regarding rhythm vs. Rate control should be directed to your doctor. ...Read more

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Which exercises are safe with atrial fibrillation?

Which exercises are safe with atrial fibrillation?

All: As long as the heart rate is controlled, there is no contraindication to exercise with atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

What are the common symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

Sometimes none: Highly variable: some people are entirely unaware. Others feel their heart beating irregularly or "fluttering" & may notice rapid heart rate. Commonly people notice fatigue and their exercise capacity is mildly reduced. Sedentary people usually don't notice any change. Younger people & folks with their 1st bout tend to be more aware. Frequent bouts and older people are less likely to notice. ...Read more

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In which case we can found a regular atrial fibrillation?

Unclear: I am sorry, but I do not understand what you are asking. Atrial fibrillation is never normal. The rate can be controlled with medicine if it is present all the time. Some people have atrial fib at times but not at others, and sometimes the atrial fib. Can be converted to a normal rhythm with treatment. Please ask your question again, with a clearer question that we may be able to answer better. ...Read more

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How to know what is atrial fibrillation and is it serious?

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. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation a serious condition? My friend is 45 and has it.

Not usually: Atrial fibrillation may be a consequence of structural abnormalities of the heart, which can indeed be serious. However, if the rhythm disturbance is the only abnormality then it can usually be controlled sufficiently that the patient can be free of symptoms. In older patients with af there is significant risk of stroke, but this too can be mitigated by treatment to reduce blood clots. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is atrial fibrillation?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is atrial fibrillation?

Electrical chaos: The electrical impulses in the upper chambers of your heart (mostly originating from the left side) are completely chaotic leading to a quivering motion of these chambers instead of their typical, coordinated pumping function. The lower chambers beat erratically, as the electrical impulses bombard them in a haphazard way. See a cardiologist or an elelctrophysiologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and nonvalvular atrial fibrillation?

Afib: Afib is the most common heart rhythm disturbance that we treat as cardiologists and can occur in a number of clinical settings and in association with other diseases both cardiac and non-cardiac. Non-valvular atrial fibrillation refers to atrial fibrillation that does not occur in the setting of mitral valve disease such as mitral stenosis or mitral regurgitation. ...Read more

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Can stress cause atrial fibrillation?

Can stress cause atrial fibrillation?

Generally, not: If there is no underlying cardiac problems that may predispose one to atrial fibrillation, it would be unusual for stress to be actual cause; however stress can be the underlying to so many maladies, that one never says never. If one develops atrial fib, must look for underlying heart disease, and--even it none is found-be treated for it by cardiologist specializing in cardiac rhythm disorders. ...Read more

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Will stress cause atrial fibrillation?

Will stress cause atrial fibrillation?

May provoke: Stress alone usually doesn't cause the arrhythmia unless there is some underlying predisposition. Having said that, someone with the predisposition, can have recurrences, especially with acute stress. You should make every effort to manage with stress-reducing techniques. ...Read more

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Can magnesium help atrial fibrillation?

Apparently Not: "they" looked into that years ago. No benefit to high dose mag supplementation, though it did show initial promise. Too bad : (would have been a lot simpler than the measures we use now. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation be psychosomatic?

No: Atrial fibrillation is a specific rhythm abnormality caused by certain specific electrical changes in the upper chamber of the heart. This cannot be faked. However, the stress from certain psychological conditions can increase the likelihood that a patient goes into or experiences the symptoms of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation a recessive trait?

Probably not: There are rare cases of genetic atrial fibrillation, however for the most part appears to be a degenerative condition caused by aging and heart disease. Genes appear to play a minor role only, based on current (evolving) understanding. ...Read more

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What are the risks of atrial fibrillation?

What are the risks of atrial fibrillation?

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. ...Read more

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Will hypovolemia cause atrial fibrillation?

It can: The stress of hypovolemia can trigger reflex tachycardia and atrial fibrillation, especially in a diseased heart. ...Read more

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Causes of non valvular atrial fibrillation?

Causes of non valvular atrial fibrillation?

HTN, CAD, Hyperthyroi: High blood pressure
heart attacks
alcohol
heart defects you're born with (congenital)
an overactive thyroid gland or other metabolic imbalance
exposure to stimulants, such as medications, caffeine or tobacco, or to alcohol
sick sinus syndrome — functioning of the heart's natural pacemaker
emphysema or other lung diseases
previous heart surgery
viral infections
stress due to pneumonia. ...Read more

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How can alcohol cause atrial fibrillation?

How can alcohol cause atrial fibrillation?

Excess alcohol: Heavy drinking iver time can lead to cardiomyopathy as alcohol works as a myocardial suppressant but even in smaller but usually excessive quantities it can cause atrial fibrillation due to its dehydrating and electrolyte depleting effects. This is often referred to as "holiday heart". ...Read more

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Why does atrial fibrillation cause strokes?

Clot formation: Because blood in the left atrium is not propelled forward normally during atiral fibrillation, it allows for the formation of clots. Small areas of blood pooling resembling little eddy currents allow blood to slow down and form clots. If one of these clots is then propelled forward it can travel to the brain, become lodged in a blood vessel and cause a stroke. A clot the size of a pinhead can do it. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation be life threatening?

Can atrial fibrillation be life threatening?

Indirectly: It can lead to stroke or heart attack of left untreated. ...Read more

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How can tyramine cause atrial fibrillation?

Vasoactive amine: Increased tyramine can cause increases in dopamine, Epinephrine & norepinephrine (particularly when taking a type of drug called an mao-inhibitor). This can result in increased blood pressure, and it can also cause abnormal heart rhythms, including atrial fibrillation. The 1st reported case of atrial fibrillation caused by tyramine was in grimsby, england, in 1987. ...Read more

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How does someone prevent atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fib: May not be able to prevent this arrhythmia. But some people can get episodes after drinking alcohol. ...Read more

Fibrillation (Definition)

Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with ...Read more