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Can you tell me what it's like to have atrial fibrillation and how often do you get a bout of it and how long does it stay also how?

Can you tell me what it's like to have atrial fibrillation and how often do you get a bout of it and how long does it stay also how?

Patient specific: There is a lot of variation of symptoms of atrial fibrillation and its pattern. Symptoms: fatigue, loss of "get up and go", shortness of breath with exertion, palpitations, fluttering feeling, lightheaded or dizzy. It can last from seconds or minutes to days and some people are constantly in it (persistent atrial fibrillation). Paroxysmal af can occur daily to yearly. ...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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How long for clots to form during atrial fibrillation?

How long for clots to form during atrial fibrillation?

Varies : Patients with atrial fibrillation might have had it off and on for quite some time before it's diagnosed. It is therefore very difficult to say when blood clots form. ...Read more

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Adizem-sr (diltiazem) started taking this for atrial fibrillation. How long will I have to take them?

Adizem-sr (diltiazem) started taking this for atrial fibrillation. How long will I have to take them?

Atrial fibrillation: Afib is a rapid irregular heart rhythm which can decrease heart efficiency as much as 20% in some patients. It can also be associated with clotting and clots travelling around the body to cause stroke or other problems. Some people have atrial fibrillation as their normal rhythm. Talk to your dr. About it if you have it. ...Read more

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What can we do if my mother has been in atrial fibrillation for the last three months?

See a cardiologist: The most important question is what previous treatment has been tried for the atrial fibrillation. If the answer is none, a cardioversion and use of an antiarrhythmic drug may be a reasonable option. If your mother has repeatedly failed this treatment, a cardiac electrophysiologist may be able to assist you. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a blood clot to form during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

It Varies: It depends on lots of things - is the patient on a blood thinner (it would take longer)? Most people think it takes at least 48 hours, but some studies have show an increase in stroke with as little as 5 hours of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a blood clot to form during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

Days: Difficult to be very specific because other factors weigh in. How stagnant and how long is considered while treating. ...Read more

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What is atrial fibrillation?

What is atrial fibrillation?

Irregular rhythm: Af is an irregular heart rhythm caused by uncoordinated electrical activity in the atria, or top chambers of the heart. Sometimes it is fast, other times it isn't. ...Read more

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What is atrial fibrillation?

What is atrial fibrillation?

Arrhythmias: Atrial fibrillation (afib) is the most common sustained rhythm abnormality. It's characterized by an irregular heart rate. The upper chambers of the heart (atrium) do not beat but quiver. Many people don't notice it. But many do. It can lead to strokes in some patients so blood thinners are important. It can be treated with medications, ablation thru iv's in the groin or surgery. See a cardiologis. ...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