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Does anyone know a person who had a cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?

Does anyone know a person who had a cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?

I do: We perform cardioversions as an absolutely routine part of our practice in cardiac electrophysiology. It is a safe and well-tolerated procedure which can restore normal rhythm for many patients. ...Read more

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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more


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I have atrial fibrillation and am considering whether or not to have cardioversion?

I have atrial fibrillation and am considering whether or not to have cardioversion?

Cardioversion: The shorter the duration of atrial fibrillation the more effective cardioversion is at converting the rhythm. When underlying cardiac pathology like mitral insufficiency or stenosis is present, keeping the patient out of atrial fibrillation or converting the rhythm is quite problematic.The procedure is low risk for most people if they have been anticoagulated for several weeks beforehand as needed. ...Read more

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How many times can you perform cardioversion to revert atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm?

How many times can you perform cardioversion to revert atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm?

There is no limit: However, there is not much point in doing it repeatedly if the patient continues to go back into fibrillation especially if on medicine to maintain normal rhythm. Patients can do quite well even if in fibrillation as long as the heart rate is controlled with medication. ...Read more

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Do you think Atrial Fibrillation would improve with an ablation? Only remedy so far is cardioversion

Do you think Atrial Fibrillation would improve with an ablation? Only remedy so far is cardioversion

Yes: RF ablation for atrial fibrillation and/or atrial flutter in good hands ought to be curative. Factors that determine success: electrophysiologists experience and record of success, duration of AF; size and function of Left atrium. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a person work in a costco warehouse if he has atrial fibrillation?

Usually: With a good medical management strategy, atrial fibrillation is generally not a condition producing long-term disability. If long-term disability is a concern, their procedures available which can substantially reduce the symptoms of fibrillation or improve the amount of time spent in the normal (sinus) rhythm. ...Read more

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Does it matter if a person has atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation?

Does it matter if a person has atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation?

Sure: While the immediate consequences of the knowledge may not be substantial (both can result in increased stroke risk and generally speaking patients with one heart risk for the other), isolated atrial flutter is often readily amenable to cure by catheter ablation procedures (85-98%). Atrial fibrillation is also amenable to such a procedure, though the success rates can be much lower (perhaps 70%). ...Read more

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What effect does altitude of 5280 feet have on a person with atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation: In general one mile altitude won't have a lot of effect on afib other than maybe some speed up of the heart rate. Oxygenation is still good at that altitude but its possible some shortness of breath and decreased exercise tolerance with exercise would be noted. ...Read more

Fibrillation (Definition)

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


Dr. Samuel Hahn
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Cardioversion (Definition)

Electrical conversion ...Read more