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Can Atrial Fibrillation Be Cured
Which kind?: Some arrhythmias have definitive treatments (atrial flutter, re-entry tachycardias), others have helpful treatments (atrial fibrillation and monomorphic ventricular tachycardia), and others you can reduce the risk of side effects and risk of death. See your electophysiologist (cardiologist with special training in arrhythmias) about yours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Three options: Generally speaking, we can attempt to control the rate, we can attempt to keep you in a normal rhythm with medications, or we can attempt a long-term tour of the rhythm using a catheter ablation. There are also surgical treatment for the arrhythmias, but these are generally not first-line treatments unless you have another reason to have heart surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Atrial fibrillation is a specific rhythm abnormality caused by certain specific electrical changes in the upper chamber of the heart. This cannot be faked. However, the stress from certain psychological conditions can increase the likelihood that a patient goes into or experiences the symptoms of atrial fibrillation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes...: Svt can be taken care of, or cured without surgery. It is a relatively simple treatment that does require a catheterization. A relatively large IV will be placed in the top of you leg and an electrical catheter will be advanced up into the heart. The abnormal electrical area will be identified or "mapped" then the abnormal area can be zapped or frozen. You should go home the same day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arrhythmia: While we don't cure a lot of things, some arrhythmias are actually able to be cured. When abnormal tissue is causing the arrhythmia, by ablation(destruction)of the abnormal tissue we may be able to cure that specific arrhythmia. This isn't all arrhythmias by any means, but at least its some. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atrial fibrillation: Flying in a commercial aircraft pressurizes to about 8000ft, this level doesn't cause hypoxia so unlikely to be a trigger unless something else like anxiety or other stress supervenes. If something goes on stressful in the aircraft, one could imagine a trigger possibility. I have seen patients get a gas bubble in their GI tract at altitude and be anxious for instance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
AF ablation: Atrial flutter is a simple electrical short circuit in the right atrium and a catheter ablation procedure is very safe and effective (95% permanent cure with one procedure). Atrial fibrillation is a much more complex rhythm pattern and catheter ablation has an average success rate of 70% with a first procedure, with some additional small risks, mostly due to the work being done in the left atrium. ...Read more
Atrial flutter: Atrial flutter is similar to atrial fibrillation. Both are significant arrhythmias. When atrial fibrillation is treated with flecainide, sometimes the rhythm is converted to atrial flutter instead of to sinus rhythm. Sometimes after the atrial flutter appears, and flecainide is continued sinus rhythm eventuates. Both afib and aflutter are appropriately anticoagulated. Discuss with your Doctor. ...Read more
Electrical behavior: Depending on what type of supraventricular tachycardia (svt) you have and whether treatment is chronic (every day prevention) or on an emergency basis, medication is available that either works by slowing down you heart rate overall or interferes with the transmission of electricity between your heart's upper and lower chambers thereby braking the cycle that allows svt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on the cause. If due to alcohol, abstention often cures it. If due to pregnancy, about 50% return to normal. Due to chemotherapy, it rarely improves. Due to viral illness, many get better. If inherited, it won't get better. All of the above aside, there are medications and sometimes devices that can be very helpful for everyone. ...Read more
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