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Doctor insights on: Fibrillation Symptom

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Dr. Martin Bress Dr. Bress
Internal Medicine
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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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Fibrillation (Definition)

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


Dr. Michael Zevitz Dr. Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
33 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of ventricular fibrillation?

What are the symptoms of ventricular fibrillation?

Cardiac arrest: Ventricular fibrillation is a fatal arrhythmia that results in death unless reversed with defibrillation. The main symptoms are cardiovascular collapse with absence of blood pressure, pulselessness, and total unresponsiveness to any stimuli. ...Read more

Dr. Joshua Buckler Dr. Buckler
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
15 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

Maybe: Atrial fib presents differently in everybody. Sometimes it can be completely asymptomatic. Other times it can be flutters in the chest, shortness of breath, dizziness, to name a few. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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What are the common symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

What are the common symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

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 more

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Dr. Marianna Post Dr. Post
Family Medicine
13 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Difference between anxiety and atrial fibrillation symptoms?

Difference between anxiety and atrial fibrillation symptoms?

Irregular pulse: With a. Fib you would have extremely irregular pulse, there are other differences of course, but this one is the easiest one to figure out on your own, if it fast and irregular go to er asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil Dr. Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
46 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Can you tell me the symptoms of chronic atrial fibrillation?

Can you tell me the symptoms of chronic atrial fibrillation?

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 more

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Dr. Mark Rasak Dr. Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Which symptoms are associated with atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Which symptoms are associated with atrial fibrillation and flutter?

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 more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Dr. Cynthia Archer Dr. Archer
Internal Medicine
15 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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In terms of symptoms, are there any differences between SVT and atrial fibrillation?

In terms of symptoms, are there any differences between SVT and atrial fibrillation?

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 more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert Dr. Seibert
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
31 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Dr. Ira Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
38 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Ira Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
38 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Does atrial fibrillation with pR 70_79 with no symptoms and paroxysmal attacks cause dangerousness and is anticoagulant superior to antiplatlet?

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

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How to remove fibrillations?

Cardiac?: If you are referring to fibrillations related to the heart, a cardiologist is the right type of medical specialist to consult with. ...Read more

Dr. Videh Mahajan Dr. Mahajan
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Guru Govind Singh Medical College
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Dr. David Rosenfeld Dr. Rosenfeld
Pain Management
23 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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What is the definition or description of: fibrillation?

See below: Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with regard to the heart. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Zevitz Dr. Zevitz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
33 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Can people with ventrical fibrillation live a normal life if they are treated?

Yes: If they are defibrillated and resuscitated in a relatively short amount of time so as not to suffer irreversible brain damage from prolonged lack of oxygen (less than 4 minutes), they can make a full recovery if there is no subsequent heart damage. ...Read more

Dr. John Garner Dr. Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
12 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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How bad is artial fibrillation? Can someone with this live for a long time if caught early?

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

Dr. Jason Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Likelihood of fatal fibrillation?

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