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Doctor insights on: Life Expectancy With Atrial Fibrillation

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Can atrial fibrillation be life threatening?

Can atrial fibrillation be life threatening?

Indirectly: It can lead to stroke or heart attack of left untreated. ...Read more

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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What makes atrial fibrillation not immediately life threatening while ventricular fibrillation is?

What makes atrial fibrillation not immediately life threatening while ventricular fibrillation is?

A circuit breaker: The rhythms in the top chamber during atrial fibrillation can reach and exceed 600 bpm. If this were conducted directly to the lower chamber, it would be as fatal as ventricular fibrillation. However, nature built in a circuit breaker called the av node between the two such that only some of the top chamber heartbeats in fibrillation make it to the bottom chamber. ...Read more

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If I had atrial fibrillation, would I have been able to vigorously play sports and workout all of my life?

If I had atrial fibrillation, would I have been able to vigorously play sports and workout all of my life?

Yes probably: In a young person as yourself, if you have no structural heart disease and this is "lone atrial fibrillation", then that ought not to prohibit you from playing sports. Most important, see a cardiologist, figure out why you had a bout of AF, and then you should be set with appropriate advice. ...Read more

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Does left ventricular atrial fibrillation in te past wid medication hav a say on sex life. Does impotency n premature ejaculation result from it.

Does left ventricular atrial fibrillation in te past wid medication hav a say on sex life. Does impotency n premature ejaculation result from it.

Maybe: Atrial fibrillation doesn't cause any of those problems, but a common class of medicines used to treat af (beta blockers) could cause all of the above. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation cause ed?

Can atrial fibrillation cause ed?

No: Afib cannot directly cause ed. Medicines used to treat afib can impair erections and conditions associated with afib such as heart failure, coronary disease also can cause ed. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation affect ed?

Can atrial fibrillation affect ed?

Maybe: Afib can be a symptom of multiple medical problems that can affect sexual function. Metoprolol and other beta-blockers are common medications for afib that have negative impact on erections. ...Read more

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What can cause atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation, or afib, is a very common rhythm disturbance, the most common in this country. It is most often associated with hypertension, but can also be associated with valvular disease specifically mitral valve disease. It can be treated with either rate control or converting back to the normal sinus rhythm. Patient are often placed on blood thinners to prevent complications. ...Read more

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What does atrial fibrillation means?

What does atrial fibrillation means?

Irregular heart beat: Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heart beat that results in a fluttering (fibrillating) of the top portion of the heart. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for atrial fibrillation?

Read...: As per epocrates: CAD (coronary disease) hypertension, heart failure, valvular disease, pericardial and pleural diseases, diabetes, thyroid disorders, disorders of the lung, and advanced age are known risk factors for the development of acute af. However, af may occur in the absence of any underlying cardiac or noncardiac diseases, for example, as a result of heavy alcohol intake. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation resolve itself?

Can atrial fibrillation resolve itself?

Sometimes: Sometimes it may resolve on it's own. This is especially true if it was caused by some single event, like an operation, illness, caffeine or alcohol. ...Read more

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How can someone stop atrial fibrillation?

Depends: New onset atrial fibrillation is often self limited, going away by itself. But the cause dictates the subsequent course. Thus treating things like high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart failure, over active thyroid hormones, coronary disease, and avoiding alcohol may be important. Some drugs are useful to maintain rate and rhythm. If needed, electric shock (cardioversion) is effective. ...Read more

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What is atrial fibrillation? Is it serious?

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What is atrial fibrillation? Is it serious?

Depends: Atrial fibrillation is a very common arrhythmia, often unclear in origin, but usually due to enlarged upper heart chambers (atria). High blood pressure, heart valve problems, heart failure, hyperthyroidism, coronary disease, alcohol, or even spontaneous in normal people. Some drop in energy may be noted, but one can live normally with it. Blood thinners to minimize strokes important if persists. ...Read more

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What medicine is good for atrial fibrillation?

What medicine is good for atrial fibrillation?

Digoxin, coumadin (warfarin) or: To prevent stroke we need to use Coumadin (warfarin) or pradaxa, for rapid atrial fibrillation we can use digoxin, beta blockers and antoarrythmic drugs or calcium channel blockers. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation be triggered by flying?

Atrial fibrillation: Flying in a commercial aircraft pressurizes to about 8000ft, this level doesn't cause hypoxia so unlikely to be a trigger unless something else like anxiety or other stress supervenes. If something goes on stressful in the aircraft, one could imagine a trigger possibility. I have seen patients get a gas bubble in their GI tract at altitude and be anxious for instance. ...Read more

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What medicines are best for atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation: We have a variety of medications we use for afib. First we need to diagnose that its there and why before we choose medications. We have anticoagulants, rate control medications and rhythm modulating medications. There are multiple choices for each with advantages and disadvantages to each. There is no one 'best', we choose depending on the patient's status and individualize for each. ...Read more

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Which medicines are good for atrial fibrillation?

Rate or rhythm?: Some meds are good to control the heart rate in af, others are to try to control the rhythm and maintain normal sinus rhythm. In addition, blood thinners (anticoagulant meds) need to be considered for some people. So, there is not an easy answer. If this applies to you and you are only 40, you should also consider a curative ablation procedure. ...Read more

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Which medicines are good for atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation: We have a lot of medicines we use with specific reasons for each. Your doctor can explain why he/she is using what is prescribed. ...Read more

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Has anyone successfully cured atrial fibrillation?

Has anyone successfully cured atrial fibrillation?

Define cured: Atrial fibrillation is a degenerative disease of the upper chamber which results in deposition of microscopic amounts of scar tissue, a generally irreversible process. However, certain procedures such as a surgical maze or catheter ablation can prevent patients from developing the rhythm of atrial fibrillation, or, barring that, the symptoms from the arrhythmia with up to ~70% success. ...Read more

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I'm 21 and have atrial fibrillation, what can I do?

Cardiologist: You should really see a cardiologist who can go over all of the options with you and well as work out any possible underlying causes such as elevated thyroid. You need to carefully discuss whether it is best to try and keep you out of afib with a procedure or medications or not. This is a long discussion that needs to be tailored to the individual. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Atrial fibrillation?

The tests for Atrial fibrillation include:: Electrocardiogram, Basic metabolic panel, Cardiac enzymes, Thyroid blood tests, Xray of chest, Transesophageal echocardiogram, Stress test, Echocardiogram. ...Read more

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What 3-5 drugs are commonly given for atrial fibrillation?

Lots of choices: If the goal is just to control the heart rate, the common choices are drugs that slow the heart rate like a beta blocker or calcium channel blocker and a blood thinner to lower the risk of stroke. Classically coumadin, (warfarin) but there are newer ones (xarelto, for example). Sometimes there are drugs given after the heart has been restored to a normal rhythm that help maintain this, such as amiodarone. ...Read more

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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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What are the inclusive characteristics of atrial fibrillation?

What are the inclusive characteristics of atrial fibrillation?

Atrial Fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the atria of the heart no longer have an organized electrical activity and hence do no longer fulfill their pumping function properly. The typical ECG finding is for an irregularly irregular rhythm with absence of p-waves. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: atrial fibrillation?

Irregular heart beat: 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 of breath and weakness. ...Read more

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Can stress cause atrial fibrillation?

Can stress cause atrial fibrillation?

Generally, not: If there is no underlying cardiac problems that may predispose one to atrial fibrillation, it would be unusual for stress to be actual cause; however stress can be the underlying to so many maladies, that one never says never. If one develops atrial fib, must look for underlying heart disease, and--even it none is found-be treated for it by cardiologist specializing in cardiac rhythm disorders. ...Read more

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Will stress cause atrial fibrillation?

Will stress cause atrial fibrillation?

May provoke: Stress alone usually doesn't cause the arrhythmia unless there is some underlying predisposition. Having said that, someone with the predisposition, can have recurrences, especially with acute stress. You should make every effort to manage with stress-reducing techniques. ...Read more

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Can magnesium help atrial fibrillation?

Apparently Not: "they" looked into that years ago. No benefit to high dose mag supplementation, though it did show initial promise. Too bad : (would have been a lot simpler than the measures we use now. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation be psychosomatic?

No: Atrial fibrillation is a specific rhythm abnormality caused by certain specific electrical changes in the upper chamber of the heart. This cannot be faked. However, the stress from certain psychological conditions can increase the likelihood that a patient goes into or experiences the symptoms of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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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 are the risks of atrial fibrillation?

What are the risks of atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation: Afib is a rapid irregular heart rhythm which can decrease heart efficiency as much as 20% in some patients. It can also be associated with clotting and clots travelling around the body to cause stroke or other problems. Some people have atrial fibrillation as their normal rhythm. Talk to your dr. About it if you have it. ...Read more

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Will hypovolemia cause atrial fibrillation?

It can: The stress of hypovolemia can trigger reflex tachycardia and atrial fibrillation, especially in a diseased heart. ...Read more

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Causes of non valvular atrial fibrillation?

Causes of non valvular atrial fibrillation?

HTN, CAD, Hyperthyroi: High blood pressure
heart attacks
alcohol
heart defects you're born with (congenital)
an overactive thyroid gland or other metabolic imbalance
exposure to stimulants, such as medications, caffeine or tobacco, or to alcohol
sick sinus syndrome — functioning of the heart's natural pacemaker
emphysema or other lung diseases
previous heart surgery
viral infections
stress due to pneumonia. ...Read more

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How can alcohol cause atrial fibrillation?

How can alcohol cause atrial fibrillation?

Excess alcohol: Heavy drinking iver time can lead to cardiomyopathy as alcohol works as a myocardial suppressant but even in smaller but usually excessive quantities it can cause atrial fibrillation due to its dehydrating and electrolyte depleting effects. This is often referred to as "holiday heart". ...Read more

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Why does atrial fibrillation cause strokes?

Clot formation: Because blood in the left atrium is not propelled forward normally during atiral fibrillation, it allows for the formation of clots. Small areas of blood pooling resembling little eddy currents allow blood to slow down and form clots. If one of these clots is then propelled forward it can travel to the brain, become lodged in a blood vessel and cause a stroke. A clot the size of a pinhead can do it. ...Read more

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How can tyramine cause atrial fibrillation?

Vasoactive amine: Increased tyramine can cause increases in dopamine, Epinephrine & norepinephrine (particularly when taking a type of drug called an mao-inhibitor). This can result in increased blood pressure, and it can also cause abnormal heart rhythms, including atrial fibrillation. The 1st reported case of atrial fibrillation caused by tyramine was in grimsby, england, in 1987. ...Read more

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How does someone prevent atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fib: May not be able to prevent this arrhythmia. But some people can get episodes after drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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How does tyramine cause you atrial fibrillation?

Vasoactive amine: Tyramine is derived from the Amino Acid tyrosine. Increased tyramine can cause increases in dopamine, Epinephrine & norepinephrine (particularly when taking an mao-inhibitor). This can result in increased blood pressure, and it can also cause abnormal heart rhythms, including atrial fibrillation. The 1st reported case of atrial fibrillation caused by tyramine was in grimsby, england, in 1987. ...Read more

Fibrillation (Definition)

Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with ...Read more