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Is It Common For Teenagers To Have Atrial Fib
No.: Af is a disease that become more common after age 50. It is unusual, but not especially rare, to have af before this age. Often other conditions can be found that trigger af in young people - like hyperthyroidism, caffeine, alcohol, valve disease, etc. Sometimes af can occur "out of the blue" in young people - usually referred to as "lone af". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Atrial fibrillation, by definition, is an irregularity in the heartbeat, and therefore is detectable by manual palpation of someone's pulse. It should always be confirmed with an EKG tracing, because there are other causes of pulse irregularity which occasionally can be difficult to distinguish on physical exam, and which have different implications for therapy from atrial fib. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My husband has atrial fib and recently had episodes of presyncope. He was told he was 'dry'. What's this mean?
Dehydration: He essentially needs fluids.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is there a difference between atrial fib and skipped beats? I have both at different times. Skipped beats may proceed atrial fib, but not always.
Yes: Atrial fibrillation is a special kind of irregular heart rhythm. Skipped beats can occur for a variety of reasons such as simply a normal beat that comes early, to a beat coming from a place in the heart that is atypical from the normal beat. Some people may also have other rapid irregular heart rhythms that are not atrial fibrillation. A heart monitor usually can distinguish among these. ...Read more
It depends...: Revlimid (lenalidomide) is an important treatment for myelodysplastic syndromes. Not treating these syndromes may be more dangerous than being on revlimid (lenalidomide). That said, i would be particulary concerned about blood clot formation. Both a. Fib and Revlimid (lenalidomide) increase your tendency to form blood clots in your heart. Talk to your doc about whether or not you need to be on anticoagulants w/ revlimid (lenalidomide). ...Read more
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