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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 more
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 more
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
I've just started taking amiodarone for atrial fib. I was cardioverted back to rhythm and now I'm out again. Is it wise to discontinue the ami?
Amiodarone: Amiodarone is one of the most effective antiarrhythmics in cardiology. It stays in your system up to 12 weeks. Please do not discontinue amiodarone or any other medication without speaking to your doctor. Even though you are back in afib the amiodarone is holding your rate lower than if you were not taking it. ...Read more
Vitamin K: Vitamin k is what you need to be cautious of with coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more
I suffer from debilitating (don't leave house) anxiety and depression. All started when I was diagnosed with atrial fib and had a few bad attacks.?
NOT UNUSUAL: It is natural to have anxiety after being diagnoses with atrial fibrillation especially at such a young age. Anxiety symptoms can mimic cardiac and vice versa. So make sure the atrial fibrillation is being treated and then see if you can work on the anxiety with a therapist or psychiatrist. Can use deep breathing/relaxation or consider medications. ...Read more
Is thier a cure for atrial fib? Are betta blockers the only choice? Always irregular never in sinus rhythm. Have had this for most of life. Thank you
Cure: a Strong Word: There are options. Many patients maintain sinus rhythm (normal rhythm) on certain meds called antiarrhythmics of which there are many types. There are also catheter-based ablation procedures which can provide symptom relief and even elimination of fib in a relatively young man like you. Talk to a cardiac electrophysiologist about your options. ...Read more
I have palps and had an echocardiogram. It came back fine, but I didn't have palps during the echocardiogram. Is there any chance at all of atrial fib?
Could be: An echocardiogram looks at cardiac structure and function, not specifically rhythm. There are cardiac abnormalities that make one more prone to cardiac arrhythmias. But your echo gave no clues. There are tests that can specifically look for arrhythmias that arevsimole to obtain. Discuss these with your doctor. ...Read more
Sweating: Do not delay but take him his cardiologist as soon as you can. If that does not control his sweating he will need some extra labs and possibly a referral to another specialist well versed in sweating. ...Read more
How many times can cardioversion be performed on an individual to revert atrial fib to normal sinus rhythm?
Clot prevention: Arixtra is a blood thinner that reduces the chance for blood clots to form and cause a stroke. Not a chronic treatment choice though. ...Read more
At rest laid down, I get Premature Atrial Contractions now and again, usually a few times per day. I had 3 in a row, I have a ECG. Is that Atrial Fib?
Here are some...: Premature heart beat is common but its clinical significance to individuals widely varies among the affected. To address your concern more appropriately, it would be most logical for yo to refer this question to your treating doctor who is expected to possess more clinical pertinence about you than anyone online. So, ask her/him timely. Further online inquiry may induce more unnecessary confusion. ...Read more
What anticoagulant is safe in CKD b/c Apixaban cause an increase ins. Cr from 1.7 to 2.1are those NOAC nephrotixic compared to warfarin in atrial fib?
Coumadin (warfarin): Does not affect kidney functionGet a more detailed answer ›
Varies: There are multiple potential cause of painful, swollen elbows in a patient with no injury; not likely related directly to your atrial fibrillation or bad knees. Most common causes are usually arthritic or inflammatory such as gout or an ilex rankin bursitis for example. Don't hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis and discussion of treatment options. ...Read more
My husband has mitral valve prolapse moderate, with atrial fib events reqiring cardio version about yearly. Should he have it fixed?
Regarding the valve,: Mitral regurgitation with complications like a- fibr, shortness of breath or any decrease in ejection fraction of 60% or less, should be addressed if the patient can tolerate surgery. Once symptoms develop, surgery should be considered and in low risk patient, and may be considered before symptoms if there is any decline in heart function if repair is more likely than replacement. ...Read more
I woke up with severe facial pain. MD said atrial fib in my sleep. Given Metoprolol but the pain is still severe. I am prone to bleeding. What can I?
Did I have Atrial Fib. Or Heart Trouble? I'm SCARED. My heart/chest vibrated, I felt weird, & cold flush. Was this a panic attack, or a heart problem?
Usual suspect: Anxiety is the likely suspect. Especially at your age w/ your medical history. If youthful cardiovascular problems are in your family history you'd know and should be examined, or if it's part of a syndrome you suffer - like Marfan's - you'd be being monitored for heart issues regularly already. It's a good idea to consider CBT therapy for skills in dealing w/ issues like anxiety, OCD. It works! ...Read more
I have a lot of palps. I am totally aware of my heart and have severe anxiety and panic attacks. Could the palps be atrial fib or bc of the anxiety?
Palps: Palps (palpitations) are defined as skipped heart beats and may indicate a rhythm disorder, without specifically identifying which one. At your age without any apparent heart disease (I assume) it is highly unlikely to be Afib. Your symptoms could well be due to anxiety and panic attacks. Your doctor has the means to determine exactly if you truly have a rhythm disorder or "just" anxiety. ...Read more
Mother in law has atrial fibrillation but cannot handle blood thinners (they cause her bleeding issues). What else can treat Atrial fib besides blood thinners?
Blood thinners are used mainly for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. There are numerous proposed personal scores/scales based on which they are recommended. The bleeding risk is usually the limiting factor in the use of blood thinners.
Atrial fibrillation treatment is a different topic and it involves mainly controlling the heart rate/ heart rhythm. ...Read more
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