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Is atrial fibrillation a disability?

Is atrial fibrillation a disability?

It can be: If afib is difficult to treat ie unable to convert patient to normal rythm or unable to slow rate down with medicines, or perhapse the patient can't tolerate the medications to treat the problem , a person can be disabled. Pts with pre existing heart problems may not tolerate afib as well. Ablation therapy is not always effective and some patients may need a pacemaker. Just depends on pt ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation a recessive trait?

Is atrial fibrillation a recessive trait?

Probably not: There are rare cases of genetic atrial fibrillation, however for the most part appears to be a degenerative condition caused by aging and heart disease. Genes appear to play a minor role only, based on current (evolving) understanding. ...Read more

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What is atrial fibrillation a symptom of?

What is atrial fibrillation a symptom of?

It depends: Atrial fibrillation is an irregular rhythm in which the atria beat at nearly 400 beats/min. It is common in older patients as a reflection of aging of the conduction system. In younger patients it can be caused by alcohol and drug abuse. It can also occur when the heart dilates as in congestive heart failure. The abnormal contractions put patients at risk for blood clots which may cause strokes. ...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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Is atrial septal defect considered to be a heart disease?

Is atrial septal defect considered to be a heart disease?

Yes and no: ASD is considered a congenital heart defect(present at birth). Failure to receive corrective treatment during childhood can lead to secondary heart conditions including rhythm disturbances, or heart dysfunction. It is more a matter of how you define the term. ...Read more

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Is atrial septal defect considered a heart disease?

Yes: Even though "disease" may carry a connotation of "infection" in every day language, in medicine it means that there is some pathology or abnormality. ...Read more

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What is a nursing intervention for atrial fibrillation?

What is a nursing intervention for atrial fibrillation?

Watch and Report: If acute, recognize irregular irregularity if rhythm and rapid rate and report. If chronic report rapid rates or signs oe symptoms of chf. ...Read more

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What is more dangerous, atrial fibrillation or ventricular fibrillation?

What is more dangerous, atrial fibrillation or ventricular fibrillation?

For: Any chances to "recover" from vfib one need to be in an intensive care an hooked to an ekg. And a slim chance to live. If someone collapses on the street, help has to come in minutes to jump heart back to normal rhythm. People who go in vfib have an underlying and severe heart disease. Conclusion vfib kills a afib can be controlled, even normal rhythm may be restored. Big difference! ...Read more

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What is worse: ventricular fibrillation or atrial fibrillation?

Ventricular fib: Vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation, while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It increases the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. Additionally, if the af causes a fast pulse for a prolonged period of time, this may lead to weakening of the heart and cause heart failure. ...Read more

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What is more serious, atrial or ventricular fibrilation?

What is more serious, atrial or ventricular fibrilation?

Ventricular: Both are serious. However, vf is often associated with pending collapse of the circulatory system. Vf is a serious complication of acute heart attacks and other heart disease and must be treated aggressively, usually in the ICU setting. Af can be life threatening, but is often discovered incidentally and some live with it untreated. Untreated vf is usually fatal. ...Read more

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Is heart valve disease a disability?

Is heart valve disease a disability?

Depends: Heart valve abnormalities range from the trivial to the severely disabling. If the valve problem prevents the heart from putting out as much blood as you need to do the things you want to do, you'll know it, and hopefully have 21st century treatment available for you. Simply having an abnormal valve doesn't entitle anybody to any disability money. I wish you good luck and good health. ...Read more

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How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?

How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?

EKG /Physical exam: Different ways. Listening to the heart there is obvious irregular rhythm with irregular rate. The electrocardiogram is diagnostic. Some times atrial fibrillation may appeared transiently or paroxystically. A holter monitor or cardiac monitor could show the characteristic features of the EKG changes. ...Read more

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Is there a P wave in ventricular fibrillation?

Vf: they are masked by extremely rapid electrical storm in the heart, so can't see them in ECG ...Read more

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Is an atrial septal defect a hereditary condition?

Is an atrial septal defect a hereditary condition?

Multiple genes : The information needed to code for normal formation of the heart travels in many genes. There is a linkage to other forms of congenital heard defect. Someone with an ASD will have a 4% risk of having a kid with some form of chd , not necessarily the same one. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for ventricular fibrillation?

Is there a cure for ventricular fibrillation?

I do not think so: Absolutely not. This is the most dangerous arrhythmia one can have because it can quickly deteriorate to asystole. V-fib is a shockable rhythm and a victim will most likely be pulseless. It must be treated with defibrillation, cpr, epinephrine/vasopressin, amiodarone, Lidocaine and/or magnesium. It's not something you can treat at home with a cup of herbal tea. And anyway, you'd be unconscious. ...Read more

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What is the ECG finding for an atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter?

What is the ECG finding for an atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter?

This: In atrial fibrillation, there are no p waves seen, or the p waves are highly irregular and not directly correlated with the qrs complexes. In atrial flutter constant, regularized activity is seen, generally without a fixed baseline. ...Read more

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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

A quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, ...Read more