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How Can Someone Stop Atrial Fibrillation
Depends: New onset atrial fibrillation is often self limited, going away by itself. But the cause dictates the subsequent course. Thus treating things like high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart failure, over active thyroid hormones, coronary disease, and avoiding alcohol may be important. Some drugs are useful to maintain rate and rhythm. If needed, electric shock (cardioversion) is effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
For Atrial Fibrillation, can you still have an electrical cardio-version if drugs (Flecainide) stop working?
Yes: Please make sure you have seen an electrophysiologist... That is really essential... In short yes you can be cardioverted, but by a specialist ...Read more
Yes: As long as the heart rate is not to fast and the risk of strike is appropriately dealt with, people work with af. Some people might feel better if they are in normal rhythm. Specific questions regarding rhythm vs. Rate control should be directed to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Unless you're taking nitrates for some other condition, viagra should be fine. I recommend my patients avoid Levitra (tadalafil) because it can interact with certain rhythm drugs many docs use for afib. Viagra and Cialis don't have this effect. Nobody's ever died from the interaction but better to avoid the issue. While you're at it, look into the differences in cost and action of viagra v cialis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PAF: There is mounting data showing that athletes who generate a lot of upper body strain (ie rowers, weight lifters) have an increased incidence of a fib, felt to be due to back pressure on the heart during straining that ultimately stretches out the top chambers which is where atrial fibrillation comes from. As you continue weight lifting, be aware that your paroxysmal afib may become persistent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much.: In reality, there are no implants that are commonly used to control atrial fibrillation. There used to be atrial defibrillators, but these are not used much any more. Pacemakers might be implanted as part of a care plan for af - but this only prevents slow pulses that might come as a result of medications for the af or after av-node ablation. Pacemakers themselves can not prevent or control af. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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