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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes none: Highly variable: some people are entirely unaware. Others feel their heart beating irregularly or "fluttering" & may notice rapid heart rate. Commonly people notice fatigue and their exercise capacity is mildly reduced. Sedentary people usually don't notice any change. Younger people & folks with their 1st bout tend to be more aware. Frequent bouts and older people are less likely to notice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There may be none: Atrial fibrillation is a heart arrhythmia where the atria (2top chambers) are contracting in a rapid disorganized manner, and the blood is being pumped only as a result of the lower chambers, the ventricles. If the ventricular rate is fast, the symptoms can be palpitations or fluttering in the chest, shortness of breath, chest pains. At fib puts one at risk for strokes, so it must be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Palpatations common: Afib can cuase a variety of symptoms. Palpatations or the feeling of the heart racing is common . Pts may notice this at rest or with exercise. Shortness of breathe also. If heart rate really fast may get dizzy. In extreme cases can get heart failure. Pts without adequate blood thinning can have a stroke with afib also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very Different: SVT is often sudden, limited duration, and can cause a drop in blood pressure sufficient to make someone dizzy or even faint. SVT does not increase risk of stroke and doesn't require anticoagulation. Whereas a-fib can be asymptomatic and increases the risk of stroke. A-fib usually occurs in older patients and exertional shortness of breath is the usual symptom. Both require evaluation & treatment. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Are the symptoms of Ventricular fibrillation continuous or they just induce intermittent arrhythmia for a short time (One day) yet repeatedly ?
Can A fib present as a few or one or two flutters in chest lasting few seconds? Can these symptoms potentially be of Atrial fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation: has variable symptoms. In fact many patient are completely asymptomatic. It would not be surprising for you to have short intermittent symptoms that are atrial fibrillation. On the other hand, it is highly unlikely that a 20 year old would have atrial fibrillation. It is simple to figure this out however with an event recorder. Ask your health care provider to order one for you. ...Read more
Does atrial fibrillation with pR 70_79 with no symptoms and paroxysmal attacks cause dangerousness and is anticoagulant superior to antiplatlet?
If you have no other: risk factors for thromboembolic events, then at your age, ASA (platelet inhibitor) is the recommended thromboembolic risk reducer. If you have a CHADSVASC score of greater than or equal to 2 you should be fully anticoagulated. Your health care provider should be able to advise you appropriately in this regard. Make an appointment to discuss it. ...Read more
Will Atrial fibrillation have other symptoms other then fluttering? will your heart rate always be over 100 after a palpitation?
Atrial fibrillation: read this: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/af/Get a more detailed answer ›
Are low pressure readings (70/50 pulse 61, 77/42 pulse 107) cause for concern?Symptoms sweating & dizziness.Diag of atrial fibrillation. On florinef (fludrocortisone).
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