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Doctor insights on: Life Expectancy With Atrial Fibrillation

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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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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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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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Fibrillation (Definition)

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