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How are atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter different?

How are atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter different?

Irregular/ regular: Heart rythm problem is more unpredictable in a fib. In flutter the are more predictable and regular rate. The treatment approach differs and risk of intracardiac blood clot also in that context. ...Read more

Fibrillation (Definition)

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


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Atrial fibrilation with left bbb and asthma?

Atrial fibrilation with left bbb and asthma?

Heart and lung: Heart and lung work together, some people develop cardiac asthma if their heart muscle is weak. If asthma existed before the heart issues, they are treated independently. Some heart medications, such as beta blockers, can worsen asthma, some don't. It is a complex issue and needs to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is worse: ventricular fibrillation or atrial fibrillation?

What is worse: ventricular fibrillation or atrial fibrillation?

Ventricular fib: Vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation, while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It increases the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. Additionally, if the af causes a fast pulse for a prolonged period of time, this may lead to weakening of the heart and cause heart failure. ...Read more

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Atrial fibrillation versus ventricular fibrillation. Causes and cures?

Atrial fibrillation versus ventricular fibrillation. Causes and cures?

VF vs AF: Ventricular is lethal instantly. A fib is not lethal and treated with medications or ablation. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular beat cause ventricular fibrillation?

Can atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular beat cause ventricular fibrillation?

Not usually: Not typically; however, if you also have an accessory pathway (wolff-parkinson-white syndrome), this is a unique situation where af is known to cause very rapid ventricular activation during af, which can lead to vf. Rapid ventricular response may cause cardiac weakening over time, which in turn may increase the risk of vf. ...Read more

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What is more dangerous, atrial fibrillation or ventricular fibrillation?

What is more dangerous, atrial fibrillation or ventricular fibrillation?

For: Any chances to "recover" from vfib one need to be in an intensive care an hooked to an ekg. And a slim chance to live. If someone collapses on the street, help has to come in minutes to jump heart back to normal rhythm. People who go in vfib have an underlying and severe heart disease. Conclusion vfib kills a afib can be controlled, even normal rhythm may be restored. Big difference! ...Read more

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Drinking alcohol safe with supra-ventricular tachycardia?

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Drinking alcohol safe with supra-ventricular tachycardia?

Alcohol and SVT: Alcohol is known to damage the conduction system of the heart and cause all kinds of arrythmia. Svt is caused by an anomaly of that system. Alcohol surely unavoidably aggravates that anomaly, besides turning the heart muscle into a mass of jello that has no strength to pump blood properly (reduced ejection fraction). No alcohol abuse. Period ! ...Read more

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Does atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response cause ventricular fibrillation?

Only in a Very Few: Generally, the answer to this is a very solid "no." this is a rare complication of people with another condition (on top of their afib) called wolff-parkinson-white syndrome (or wpw). In certain patients having both conditions, the top chamber is too-well connected to the bottom and can trigger ventricular fibrillation. ...Read more

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What makes atrial fibrillation not immediately life threatening while ventricular fibrillation is?

A circuit breaker: The rhythms in the top chamber during atrial fibrillation can reach and exceed 600 bpm. If this were conducted directly to the lower chamber, it would be as fatal as ventricular fibrillation. However, nature built in a circuit breaker called the av node between the two such that only some of the top chamber heartbeats in fibrillation make it to the bottom chamber. ...Read more

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Why do you take betapace, xocor, digoxin, and Coumadin (warfarin) with atrial fibrillation and sinus tachycardia?

Why do you take betapace, xocor, digoxin, and Coumadin (warfarin) with atrial fibrillation and sinus tachycardia?

Prevent stroke: Actually atrial fibrillation and sinus tachycardia are two completely different heart rhythms. None of these drugs would be of any use for sinus tachycardia. In atrial fibrillation, Betapace may restore a normal rhythm. Digoxin can help keep the heart rate down. Coumadin (warfarin) reduces the risk of stroke. Zocor also reduces stroke risk in some patients, but this is unrelated to the atrial fib. ...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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Is atrial fibrillation dangerous to have?

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It can be : Increased stroke risk is the major consideration here. Talk to your cardiologist about what yours is & whether you should be on blood thinners or just Aspirin (for lower risk patients). ...Read more

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Does cold weather induce slipped atrial beats and atrial fibrillation?

Reported: Relationship between atrial fibrillation and cold weather has been reported e.g. more hospitalizaions for atrial fib during winter. ...Read more

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Why is ventricular fibrillation worse than atrial fibrillation?

Fibrillation: atrial fibrillation has normal left ventricular contractions put poor atrial function. Ventricular fibrillation has no real ventricular contractions so blood pumping essentially stops. Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm you can live with. Ventricular fibrillation is a rhythm you die with unless it is corrected quickly. ...Read more

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How does atrial and ventricular tachycardia affect blood pressure and cardiac output?

How does atrial and ventricular tachycardia affect blood pressure and cardiac output?

Different arrythmias: They come from different chamber ( upper vs lower) . Changes in BP and cardiac output depend on cardiac function , heart rate and and timing. Atrial fibrilation may decrease cardiac output about 15%. In ventricular tachycardia, BP and co will decrease more if it is long enough to become unstable. ...Read more

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Are pac's and pvc's of the heart dangerous?

Are pac's and pvc's of the heart dangerous?

PVC's and PAC's: Premature atrial and ventricular contractions or extra heartbeats may be considered normal in a heathly young adult. These extra heartbeats may be aggravated by pain, anxiety, stimulant drugs, medications and foods like caffeine. Although generally benign, pac's and pvc's may reflect underlying heart disease, anemia, electrolyte or endocrine conditions. Urgent eval if chest pain, sob or syncope. ...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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Help please! could diazepam and alcohol cause atrial fibrillation?

Alcohol Can: Alcohol has many consequences not frequently noted such as cancer, heart disease, suicide, ; motor vehicle accident. Heart disease is among the most common causes of death for alcohol dependent people. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation hereditary?

Is atrial fibrillation hereditary?

No: Congenital heart problems can be inherited and this can lead to afib. But afib itself is not. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation a disability?

It can be: If afib is difficult to treat ie unable to convert patient to normal rythm or unable to slow rate down with medicines, or perhapse the patient can't tolerate the medications to treat the problem , a person can be disabled. Pts with pre existing heart problems may not tolerate afib as well. Ablation therapy is not always effective and some patients may need a pacemaker. Just depends on pt ...Read more

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Why is atrial fibrillation dangerous?

Why is atrial fibrillation dangerous?

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. ...Read more

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Can an atrial fibrillation be lethal?

Only if…: Only if the atrial rate is conducted in a very rapid fashion to the lower chamber. Your heart has built-in protection to keep this from happening. However, patients with a condition known as wolff parkinson white sometimes lack this protection and under the right circumstances can die as a result of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?

EKG /Physical exam: Different ways. Listening to the heart there is obvious irregular rhythm with irregular rate. The electrocardiogram is diagnostic. Some times atrial fibrillation may appeared transiently or paroxystically. A holter monitor or cardiac monitor could show the characteristic features of the EKG changes. ...Read more

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What does atrial fibrillation feel like?

It depends on: A number of factors. Most people will feel an irregular and skipping or racing sensation in their chest. If the heart rate is too fast or the heart is very weak, you may feel short of breath, weak or even chest pressure. Many people have atrial fibrillation with no obvious symptoms. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation dangerous to have?

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It can be : Increased stroke risk is the major consideration here. Talk to your cardiologist about what yours is & whether you should be on blood thinners or just Aspirin (for lower risk patients). ...Read more

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What is atrial fibrillation a symptom of?

What is atrial fibrillation a symptom of?

It depends: Atrial fibrillation is an irregular rhythm in which the atria beat at nearly 400 beats/min. It is common in older patients as a reflection of aging of the conduction system. In younger patients it can be caused by alcohol and drug abuse. It can also occur when the heart dilates as in congestive heart failure. The abnormal contractions put patients at risk for blood clots which may cause strokes. ...Read more

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What is the effect of atrial fibrillation?

What is the effect of atrial fibrillation?

Heart rate / stroke: Two issues with afib. The first is stroke. Afib is a risk for stroke, and thus all patients with afib need some sort of blood thinner. Whether that is an Aspirin or full anticoagulants such as Coumadin (warfarin) depends on your risks and your doctor will let you know that. The second is heart rate. If the afib is too fast or too slow, the rate will need to be treated also. ...Read more

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How is atrial fibrillation usually treated?

How is atrial fibrillation usually treated?

Slow down the heart: Beta blockers and digoxin are often used first to slow down the heart when there is rapid heart rate of af. In some patients, electric shocks can be utilized to convert the irregular rate of af to normal. In most all cases, blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) and new drugs like Pradaxa are utilized to reduce the risk of blood clots forming inside the heart and causing complications such as strokes. ...Read more

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What are the tests for atrial fibrillation?

Electrocardiogram: If the atrial fibrillation is ongoing then an electrocardiogram will show it. If it only occurs from time to time, then there are different types of monitors that a patient can use at home to record the heart rhythm; this is another type of electrocardiogram sometimes referred to as an event recorder. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is atrial fibrillation?

Irregular: Atrial fibrillation occurs when the atria, which deliver blood to the ventricles, receive an abnormal electrical signal and then beat erratically instead of in a coordinated, strong beat. The danger of atrial fibrillation is that the blood in the atria tends to stay there instead of getting pumped fully into the ventricles. This slow moving blood in the atria can then form blood clots. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

Maybe: Atrial fib presents differently in everybody. Sometimes it can be completely asymptomatic. Other times it can be flutters in the chest, shortness of breath, dizziness, to name a few. ...Read more

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What could lead to atrial fibrillation in me?

Man: You are a man, too young for the disease. So manufactoring problem with your heart, heart valve, electrical system. High thyroid is very common cause. Some chemo agents are cardiotoxic also some pschych meds also. See pmd for more focused approach. ...Read more

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What does atrial fibrillation feel like in a person?

Various symptoms: Symptoms vary from patient to patient. Some patients have no symptoms at all. Possible symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, and sweating. ...Read more

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I think I have atrial fibrillation. What should I do?

I think I have atrial fibrillation. What should I do?

Atrial fibrillation: You need to see a doc and verify if you have/had afib. Then some basic workup to see if the why can be elucidated. You may or may not need treatment but should be sure the decision is made from the proper information. ...Read more

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What medications are prescribed for atrial fibrillation?

What medications are  prescribed for atrial fibrillation?

It Varies: The most important treatment is stroke prevention, which is usually done by medications (aspirin or warfarin). Sometimes rate control medications are used, like metoprolol. If the af is severe enough, stronger anti-arrhythmic medications are used, like propafenone. If these do not work, catheter ablation may be recommended. Pacemaker and av-node ablation may be used as a last resort. ...Read more

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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

A quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, ...Read more