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Doctor insights on: Atrial Fibrillation Vs Ventricular Fibrillation

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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.

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Dr. John Garner
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Why is ventricular fibrillation worse than atrial fibrillation?

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is atrial fibrillation a disability?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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