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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)

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 ...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?

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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Fibrillation (Definition)

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