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Can I substitute Plavix (clopidogrel) for Eliquis? I have Atril fibrillation condition. What are advantages and disadvantages of each medication, if substitutes?
If it weren't for...: If it weren't for stroke risk, afib would be nothing but an annoyance. Sadly, afib does significantly increase your risk for stroke and medications should at least be considered to help decrease that risk. Other drugs should be used only if the symptoms bother you. Unless you have a second, very rare condition, you will not die of afib. ...Read more
It Varies: Presumably you are asking about ventricular fibrillation, since atrial fibrillation would hardly ever by fatal. The risk of vf, or cardiac arrest, varies widely depending on what underlying heart conditions exist. Cardiac arrest occurs to about 400, 000 americans annually. The risk in some serious heart conditions may be 20-40% a year. For most people, it is much less than 1% a year. ...Read more
Not likely: There are a few treatable causes of atrial fibrillation however in most, there is no such cause found. Cure is possible by ablation procedure which in general does not have a great success rate, except perhaps in the hands of a selected few experts. For most people, treatment with medication is recommended which may offer rhythm control, i.e. Keep in normal rhythm. ...Read more
What does subtle fibrillations along the undersurface and apical free margin mean? Is a degenerative type free margin tear serious?
Ventricular or Atria: Fibrillation is a random chaiotic electrical pattern. Atrial fibrillation is common an some older adults live in continuous a-fib and feel ok while on medications that slow the ventricular response to the atrial rate. Ventricular fibrillation is not tolerated, meaning someone having true ventricular fibrillation will loose consciousness in seconds. True vf is life threatening in seconds. ...Read more
Immediate ECG: Ventricular fibrillation is a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia which if not reversed back to a normal rhythm, can cause permanent stoppage of the heart. It always causes patients to lose conciousness and cause cardiovascular collapse. These patients need to have immediate confirmation of their rhythm disturbance and be defibrillated immediately to prevent death. ...Read more
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Ventricular fibrilla: Ventricular fibrillation means the heart is not mechanically contracting and thus isn't pumping blood. There is no kind of ventricular fibrillation that isn't life threatening unless it is the kind which is pseudovfib meaning it isn't really fibrillating, it just looks that way on the ecg. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
V-fib???: V-fib that lasts more than a few seconds is typically lethal and results in sudden death. Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is a different thing entirely, which is a common heart rhythm abnormality. Some people live in constant afib, some people their afib is come-and-go. If it is afib you are referring to, it is commonly managed with a combination of medications and procedures. ...Read more