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Dr. Ron Jones
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What is a nursing intervention for atrial fibrillation?

Dr. Ron Jones
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What is a nursing intervention for atrial fibrillation?

Watch and Report: If acute, recognize irregular irregularity if rhythm and rapid rate and report. If chronic report rapid rates or signs oe symptoms of chf. ...Read more

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Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition, an arrhythmia, in which the electrical activity of the heart is abnormal. Normally, the electrical activity of the heart is carefully coordinated to allow for normal pumping by the heart. This abnormal electrical signal causes the heart muscle to contract when it is not supposed to and thus blood is ...Read more


Sean Baskin
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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What is the intervention for atrial fibrillation of paramedics?

Sean Baskin
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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What is the intervention for atrial fibrillation of paramedics?

Meds, Cardioversion: Treatment depends on the patient's presentation. For someone with rapid atrial fibrillation who has a stable blood pressure the treatment is often IV medications used to slow the heart rate. The first drug is usually IV diltiazem/cardizem or a beta blocker. For patients with rapid a-fib and low blood pressure, immediate cardioversion may be needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
38 years in practice
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How is atrial fibrillation treated?

Dr. Dennis Clifford
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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How is atrial fibrillation treated?

Medications: There are a variety of medications which can either control the heart rate or convert the rhythm back to normal. Sometimes cardioversion is used to correct the heart rhythm. Also in some cases ablation can be done which will correct the abnormal rhythm. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
Board Certified, Cardiology
17 years in practice
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Is atrial fibrillation dangerous to have?

Dr. Rick Koch
Board Certified, Cardiology
17 years in practice
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It can be : Increased stroke risk is the major consideration here. Talk to your cardiologist about what yours is & whether you should be on blood thinners or just Aspirin (for lower risk patients). ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Leila Wing
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What does atrial fibrillation means?

Dr. Leila Wing
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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What sort of problem is atrial fibrillation?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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What sort of problem is atrial fibrillation?

Irregular: Atrial fibrillation occurs when the atria, which deliver blood to the ventricles, receive an abnormal electrical signal and then beat erratically instead of in a coordinated, strong beat. The danger of atrial fibrillation is that the blood in the atria tends to stay there instead of getting pumped fully into the ventricles. This slow moving blood in the atria can then form blood clots. ...Read more

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Dr. Jesse Mills
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Can atrial fibrillation affect ed?

Dr. Jesse Mills
Board Certified, Urology
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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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Dr. Joshua Buckler
Board Certified, Cardiology
14 years in practice
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What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

Dr. Joshua Buckler
Board Certified, Cardiology
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What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?

Maybe: Atrial fib presents differently in everybody. Sometimes it can be completely asymptomatic. Other times it can be flutters in the chest, shortness of breath, dizziness, to name a few. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Buckler
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How is af, atrial fibrillation diagnosed? Please name all tests and criteria. Thank you.

Dr. Joshua Buckler
Board Certified, Cardiology
14 years in practice
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Many options: Electrical activity during afib needs to be recorded for official diagnosis. Standard ecg, or longer tests such as holter monitor (24-48 hrs), zio patch (14 days), event recorder/mcat (up to 30days) or even an implantable loop recorded (3+ years). There needs to be a poorly defined, irregular rhythm from the top of the heart. For more information check out www.Heart.Org. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Did you know that chinese herbs can easily treat atrial fibrillation?

Dr. Luis Villaplana
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Did you know that chinese herbs can easily treat atrial fibrillation?

Who knows: Herbs are good for many illnesses and ailments, i'm sure. However, our profession is based on scientific data, and as long as there are no prospective, double blind, placebo controlled trials proving benefit, you are asking us to give you bottled water for a cancerous tumor because it's been proven to make river rocks get smaller... ...Read more

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