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O've had two heart surgeries as a child and had an ablation for atrial fibrillation. How often should I see my cardiologist?

O've had two heart surgeries as a child and had an ablation for atrial fibrillation. How often should I see my cardiologist?

Visit returns: Frequency for re checks really depends on the problem(s) and the symptoms. Not knowing what your surgeries were or the success of the ablation it is hard to say. If all has been repaired and no symptoms and sinus rhythm are stable, then yearly visits would likely be fine. If you're having problems, then they would dictate the frequency of return visits. ...Read more

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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My heart has this weird beat to it; could it be atrial fibrillation?

My heart has this weird beat to it; could it be atrial fibrillation?

Sure - why not: At your age, atrial fib would be a bit unlikely, but yes, it could certainly be a culprit. The other respondant is correct in stating that we need to capture this on an ekg or a wearable monitor to correctly identify its nature. There should be a good electrophysiologist in galveston if you want to investigate further. ...Read more

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What medicine is good for atrial fibrillation and a,slow heart beat?

What medicine is good for atrial fibrillation and a,slow heart beat?

It depends: upon what else is going on - what is your blood pressure, how slow is the pulse, does it ever go fast; do you have heart failure or sleep apnea. if your heart goes so slow it bothers you, and there is nothing correctable, the only solution is a pacemaker. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation cause heart attack.I have just read in MNT of a study that says there's a 70% more chance.

Can atrial fibrillation cause heart attack.I have just read in MNT of a study that says there's a 70% more chance.

Uncontrolled a fib: the atrial fibrillation can cause different problems, if uncontrolled and not treated strikes and heart attacks are very possible. Talk to your doctor to make sure you taking right medicine to thin your blood and control heart rate ...Read more

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Hello, I am a 32 year old male with no heart related problems in the past. Had a stress test one year ago and past with flying colors. I recently had an incident of atrial fibrillation randomly. I converted spontaneously after 1.5 hours. A week later I we

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I am a 32 year old male with no heart related problems in the past. Had a stress test one year ago and past with flying colors. I recently had an incident of atrial fibrillation randomly. I converted spontaneously after 1.5 hours. A week later I we

Atrial fibrillation: is very common. 25% of all people over the age of 40 have atrial fibrillation. Almost 1/3 of all over age 65 have it. Certainly coronary artery disease can be an etiology (excluded by your stress test) but there are many other associated causes. Obesity and obstructive sleep apnea are highest associated issues. Many treatments are available. See your health care provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a car accident cause atrial fibrillation in your heart?

Can a car accident cause atrial fibrillation in your heart?

No: Our best understandings of afib require that the heart muscle have undergone changes over a prolonged period of time to enable afib. While it's possible the stress of an accident could have "set off" an afib attack, if it sticks around, you were likely at risk in the first place. A truly severe wreck can bruise the heart, but the fib would pass as the bruise heals. ...Read more

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Always had heart palps, had tests years ago all normal. lately palps increased. Can Atrial Fibrillation just develop? or do you always have it?

Atrial fibrillation: AFib can 'just develop'. If you have anxiety disorder, it will magnify any minimal extrasystoles you may have. There are many monitoring devices, event recorders even implantable but your doctor can best evaluate whether you need aggressive attempts at seeing if you have an arrhythmia and what it is. ...Read more

Dr. Ralph Wharton
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


Fibrillation (Definition)

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