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Doctor insights on: Atrial Fibrilliation

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Is atrial fibrillation inherited?

Is atrial fibrillation inherited?

Sometimes: There is a gene that makes the tendency to get it more likely, but most a fib is due to environmental and aquired factors such as age, valvular heart disease and alcohol. ...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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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 to do if right atrial enlargement - please help?

RAE: Right atrial enlargement can be a true anatomic diagnosis related to pathology in the heart or lungs. There are also ECG readings of 'right atrial enlargment' which may or may not actually represent true anatomic enlargement of the right atrium. If you have true right atrial enlargment, you need a diagnosis of the reason why your right atrium is enlarged. ...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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Ventricular fibrillation fatal?

Ventricular fibrillation fatal?

Possibly..: In ventricular fibrillation, vfib, the heart is quivering and there is no blood flow so the person is clinically dead. If the heart cannot be restored to a rhythmn where there is blood flow, the patient will then be pronounced dead. Treatment for this rhythmn includes electrically shocking the heart as quickly as possible. Performing CPR in the meantime can be life-saving. ...Read more

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Does atrial flutter usually cause many symptoms?

Does atrial flutter usually cause many symptoms?

Sometimes: Many people with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter will experience a racing and irregular heartbeat, lightheadness, and feeling off. Some people have no symptoms at all, however. An ekg can pick up this condition. ...Read more

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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

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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 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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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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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 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

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What is Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

What is Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

Irregular pulse: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that is intermittent (or paroxysmal), arising from the upper chambers of the heart (or atria), and is very chaotic, or irregular (fibrillating). It can cause problems because it usually drives the heart rate up too fast (giving symptoms and eventually weakening the heart) and can increase the risk of stroke. Causes of PAF are multiple. ...Read more

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Would a pacemaker repair atrial fibrillation?

Would a pacemaker repair atrial fibrillation?

Not directly.: Pacemakers might be implanted as part of a care plan for af - but this only prevents slow pulses that might come as a result of medications for the af or after av-node ablation. Pacemakers themselves can not prevent or control af. ...Read more

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I wake up really hot in the mornings and I don't know why all my blood test are normal could it be my atrial ectopics doing it I also get headaches?

I wake up really hot in the mornings and I don't know why all my blood test are normal could it be my atrial ectopics doing it I also get headaches?

Cool the room: You may wish to cool your room. It is likely that this is not due to any illness, just the ambient temperature. Atrial ectopic are not to blame. ...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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Seen a cardiologistEcg normal apart from possible left Atrial Enlargement, no further tests done and discharged.Please advise?

Seen a cardiologistEcg normal apart from possible left Atrial Enlargement, no further tests done and discharged.Please advise?

OK: If you have no symptoms/problems because of any structural heart enlargement or defect than there is nothing to be done. I am guessing your doctor already went through the basics - made sure that there are no cardiovascular symptoms and is comfortable with just regular follow up. ...Read more