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Acute Atrial Fibrillation In Children
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
I have had atrial fibrillation and am on medication.after my run this morning a had acute tooth pain and pain on the side of my face. Does this constitute an emergency?
Cardiac : With your health history important to consult with cardiologist immediately. If cardiac issues ruled out, then see your Dentist for examination. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes : It is possible however rare.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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