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I have chronic uncontrollable afib. How can I manage my condition?

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 more

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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

A heart condition, in which the electrical activity of the heart is abnormal. This abnormal electrical signal causes the heart muscle to contract when it is not supposed to and thus blood is ...Read more


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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!

 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!

Complicated: This is very difficult to answer because it's a complicated situation. Rather than answer, I would defer to whatever doctor knows her care the best. A sudden increase creatinine might be due to a reversible cause however Stage 4 CKD means chronic and irreversible. ...Read more

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Is it ok to go into a hut tub if I have chronic afib?

Is it ok to go into a hut tub if I have chronic afib?

Probably OK.: All afib is not created equal. If your rate is well controlled with exercise and you have no history of heart failure or limiting coronary artery disease it seems reasonable to try but you should check with your doc first. ...Read more

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Help please! is atrial fibrillation a progressive condition?

Help please! is atrial fibrillation a progressive condition?

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

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Is atrial fibrillation a serious condition? My friend is 45 and has it.

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 more

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Is atrial fibrillation or flutter a more serious condition?

Is atrial fibrillation or flutter a more serious condition?

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 more

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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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Can you treat chronic atrial fibrillation by becoming a vegetarian?

Atrial Fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation can be caused by valve problems, high lung pressures, enlarged heart chambers, advanced age and just because. It is not easy to treat. Becoming a vegetarian will not help. ...Read more

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How much time of a life span , for people w/afib heart disorder after age 76?

How much time of a life span , for people w/afib heart disorder after age 76?

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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Should an electrophysiologist be an option when an 87 year old afib patient has too many side effects from prescribed drugs for this condition.

Should an electrophysiologist be an option when an 87 year old afib patient has too many side effects from prescribed drugs for this condition.

Atrial Fibrillation: It depends upon what medications were tried and what are those side effects. It is of no harm if you consult an electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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How can I determine if I have atrial fibrillation or panic disorder? During anxiety, 100-137 bpm.Relax 75-85 bpm.Take place only during panic I think.

How can I determine if I have atrial fibrillation or panic disorder? During anxiety, 100-137 bpm.Relax 75-85 bpm.Take place only during panic I think.

Medical assessment: needs to come first. Medical causes need to be ruled out before it can be stated that the problem is solely psychiatric in origin. ...Read more

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Swelling All Over For 7 Days It Is Very Painful Coughing Up Frothy Like Substance I have Devics, CHF, AFib, Chronic Pain?

Swelling All Over For 7 Days It Is Very Painful Coughing Up Frothy Like Substance
I have Devics, CHF, AFib, Chronic Pain?

CHF exacerbation?: Hi, sorry to hear about ur problem, it sounds like a CHF exacerbation, you should go to ER for evaluation and treatment, please be safe. ...Read more

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Is the dual chamber pacemaker contraindicated with Persistent or Chronic Afib or atrial flutter? Why? Could u explain more to me?

Is the dual chamber pacemaker contraindicated with Persistent or Chronic Afib or atrial flutter? Why? Could u explain more to me?

Not needed: a dual chamber paces the top and bottom chambers - if the top chambers (atria) are always out of rhythm, then they really can't be paced - if it is intermittent afib or flutter then there may be value in the dual pacing - depends upon your exact situation. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is atrial fibrillation heart disease hereditary?

Hello docs, is atrial fibrillation heart disease hereditary?

Occasionally: It can run in families, but mainly, it's just a common entity that has increasing prevalence with aging. ...Read more