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I Have Chronic Uncontrollable Afib How Can I Manage My Condition
Meds or ablation: Anti-arrhythmic meds, which alter electrical properties of the heart, can suppress afib. The potential toxicities of these meds mandates careful selection by an experienced cardiologist. Catheter ablation can eliminate afib in 60-80% of people (with 1 to 2 procedures). Weight loss in heavy patients can sometimes help, especially if underlying sleep apnea is present, a common driving force of afib. ...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
mom is 87. she has afib, had chf, and now out of the blue gfr 26.6 bun 26 creat 1.7 bp normal no diabetes. stage 4 chronic kidney disease. surprise!
Sometimes : Af tends to progress over time in the majority of patients, but this progression is slow, often over years or even decades. Uncontrolled hypertension, other heart diseases, obstructive sleep apnea etc. Can accelerate this process. Treatment of af with medications (antiarrhythmic drugs), and treatment of the predisposing conditions, often slows or prevents progression. ...Read more
Not usually: Atrial fibrillation may be a consequence of structural abnormalities of the heart, which can indeed be serious. However, if the rhythm disturbance is the only abnormality then it can usually be controlled sufficiently that the patient can be free of symptoms. In older patients with af there is significant risk of stroke, but this too can be mitigated by treatment to reduce blood clots. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both can be: Atrial fibrillation and flutter are both common arrythmias. Flutter tends to degenerate into fibrillation; the difference is that flutter tends to be regular and fibrillation irregular. Generally speaking, irregular is worse than regular because there is a higher risk of clots forming in the heart which can then cause strokes and other potential problems. Most flutter will become fibrillation. ...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
7-20% chance of afib: results from population studies vary a bit, but one i keep in mind is : 1% of 40 year olds have afib 2% of 50 yo 3% of 60 yo 7% of 70 yo 20% of 80 year olds have afib ...Read more
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