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Does atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response cause ventricular fibrillation?

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

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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How much rate atrial fibrillation with slow ventricular?

How much rate atrial fibrillation with slow ventricular?

Usually < 60-70: Most people, left untreated, have rates between 70 and 150. It's a bit unusual to fall below that without drugs or other treatment. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and ventricular fibrillation?

It depends: Ventricular fibrillation is from the bottom chamber; vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation - from the top chamber- while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It increases the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. ...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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How does atrial fibrillation with ventricular standstill differ from fine v-fib?

AF vs vf: Good question, they could look alike on ECG. Both would also result in cardiac arrest. As no perfusion would result, one would expect AF waves to be less visible than VF very quickly. If arrest had been present for say more than 30sec., VF would be more likely as the AF waves should likely not be visible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if atrial fibrillation with ventricular standstill is recognized from fine v-fib?

Afib/vfib: Ventricular standstill and fine v-fib are functionally the same the ventricle is not contracting - vfib is a slight quivering which may or may not be identifiable on ECG;

if the ventricle is not contracting then it is not possible to non-invasively identify atrial fibrillation from simply sinus/atrial arrest. ...Read more

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

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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Does left ventricular atrial fibrillation in te past wid medication hav a say on sex life. Does impotency n premature ejaculation result from it.

Does left ventricular atrial fibrillation in te past wid medication hav a say on sex life. Does impotency n premature ejaculation result from it.

Maybe: Atrial fibrillation doesn't cause any of those problems, but a common class of medicines used to treat af (beta blockers) could cause all of the above. ...Read more

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Would echo, ekg, stress test, xray, bloodwork rule out any arrhythmia problem such as premature ventricular contraction and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

Would echo, ekg, stress test, xray, bloodwork rule out any arrhythmia problem such as premature ventricular contraction and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

No: Occasional PVCs are normal. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation by definition is only present some of the time and the tests you list could easily miss this if done while the heart is in normal rhythm. Diagnosis of intermittent arrhythmias can be difficult and frequently requires consultation with a cardiologist subspecialized in electrophysiology, Holter monitor test is frequently used. ...Read more

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What medicine is good for atrial fibrillation and a, slow heart beat?

What medicine is good for atrial fibrillation and a, slow heart beat?

It depends: Upon what else is going on - what is your blood pressure, how slow is the pulse, does it ever go fast; do you have heart failure or sleep apnea. if your heart goes so slow it bothers you, and there is nothing correctable, the only solution is a pacemaker. ...Read more

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Can you have atrial fibrillation with a slow heart rate 60-100?

Can you have atrial fibrillation with a slow heart rate 60-100?

Yes: atrial fibrillation is when the atrium is beating not in coordination with the ventricle. It beats around 200 beats a minute. If the ventricular rate is controlled it beats 60-100 beats a minute. Since the are not synchronized there is a higher risk of blood clots in the heart which then can be thrown to the brain causing a stroke. N that is why we use blood thinners. ...Read more

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How can I best take care of atrial fibrillation?

Depends...: Treatment of af depends on the type of af, the age of the patient, the presence or absence of underlying heart disease, and patient's personal preferences (more medications vs. Procedural approach (ablation). You should discuss this with your doctor or an electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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How much does atrial fibrillation affect longevity?

Atrial fibrillationI: I don't think atrial fibrillation affect longevity that much as long as treatment is initiated before developtment of embolic stroke. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat persistent atrial fibrillation?

Persistent a fib: You should see a cardiologist to have a workup to see if a treatable cause for the atrial fibrillation can be found. If The cardiologist can also recommend appropriate treatments for rate and rhythm control and if appropriate for anticoagulation also. Some folks require drug therapy, some will benefit by ablation of the arrhythmia. ...Read more

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What can lead to, or is associated with Atrial fibrillation?

The following cause or are associated with Atrial fibrillation:: Hemorrhagic stroke, Tricuspid stenosis, Wolff Parkinson White syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a young adult to have atrial fibrillation?

Is it possible for a young adult to have atrial fibrillation?

Yes: Af is a disease that become more common after age 50. It is unusual, but not especially rare, to have af before this age. Often other conditions can be found that trigger af in young people - like hyperthyroidism, caffeine, alcohol, valve disease, etc. Sometimes af can occur "out of the blue" in young people - usually referred to as "lone af". ...Read more

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How can differntite between rapid and controlled atrial fibrillation?

See below: Controlled atrial fibrillation has an irregular beat with normal heart rate. Rapid atrial fibrillation has a rapid rate (over 100)They both have fibrillating Atria (small chambers of heart). ...Read more

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How is af, atrial fibrillation diagnosed? Please name all tests and criteria. Thank you.

How is af, atrial fibrillation diagnosed? Please name all tests and criteria. Thank you.

Many options: Electrical activity during afib needs to be recorded for official diagnosis. Standard ecg, or longer tests such as holter monitor (24-48 hrs), zio patch (14 days), event recorder/mcat (up to 30days) or even an implantable loop recorded (3+ years). There needs to be a poorly defined, irregular rhythm from the top of the heart. For more information check out www. Heart. Org. ...Read more

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Can young people have atrial fibrillation (afib)?

Can young people have atrial fibrillation (afib)?

Yes. Is possible: If you're having symptoms like palpitations, you should consult your family practitioner who will consider getting a cardiology opinion. ...Read more

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How long for clots to form during atrial fibrillation?

Varies: Patients with atrial fibrillation might have had it off and on for quite some time before it's diagnosed. It is therefore very difficult to say when blood clots form. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation or flutter a more serious condition?

Is atrial fibrillation or flutter a more serious condition?

Both can be: Atrial fibrillation and flutter are both common arrythmias. Flutter tends to degenerate into fibrillation; the difference is that flutter tends to be regular and fibrillation irregular. Generally speaking, irregular is worse than regular because there is a higher risk of clots forming in the heart which can then cause strokes and other potential problems. Most flutter will become fibrillation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and flutter?

What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Organization: Atrial flutter is a very organized rhythm in which electricity gets stuck in a loop going round and round, much like cars on a nascar racetrack. Atrial fibrillation is a more complex rhythm, in which the majority of the atrium is in chaos, driven by a focus known as a rotor. Atrial fibrillation is much harder to cure than atrial flutter, however rate control is usually better for fibrillation. ...Read more

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Which symptoms are associated with atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Which symptoms are associated with atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Palpatations common: Afib can cuase a variety of symptoms. Palpatations or the feeling of the heart racing is common. Pts may notice this at rest or with exercise. Shortness of breathe also. If heart rate really fast may get dizzy. In extreme cases can get heart failure. Pts without adequate blood thinning can have a stroke with afib also. ...Read more

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What is it about mexican food that could trigger atrial fibrillation?

No: Only in john mccain.......He is so scooped wilth immigrants. Tea party republicans also can be affected. ...Read more

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What's the underlying causes of atrial fibrillation? Echo done was normal.

Several: Look out for left atrial enlargement or mitral valve narrowing/leakiness on echocardiogram, which would indicate structural heart problems. If echo is totally normal, rule out hyperthyroidism, sleep apnea, excessive alcohol intake. ...Read more

Fibrillation (Definition)

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