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Dr. Ron Jones answered:

What is a nursing intervention for atrial fibrillation?

Watch and Report

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If acute, recognize irregular irregularity if rhythm and rapid rate and report. If chronic report rapid rates or signs oe symptoms of CHF.
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How is atrial fibrillation treated?

Medications

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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.
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Dr. Mark J. Stern answered:

Is atrial fibrillation inherited?

Sometimes

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there is a gene that makes the tendency to get it more likely, but most a fib is due to environmental and aquired factors such as age, valvular heart disease and alcohol
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Dr. Gavin Noble answered:

What is atrial fibrillation?

Irregular rhythm

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AF is an irregular heart rhythm caused by uncoordinated electrical activity in the atria, or top chambers of the heart. Sometimes it is fast, other times it isn't.
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What are the effects of atrial fibrillation?

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The most important effect of atrial fibrillation is the risk of clots arising in the atrium and causing a stroke when the clot leaves the atrium and lands in the brain. Patients with atrial fib may have decreased exercise tolerance and shortness of breath due exaggerated heart rate response. Patients may have fatigue due to decreased cardiac output. The feeling of palpitations may cause anxiety.
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What is atrial fibrillation?

Arrhythmias

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Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common sustained rhythm abnormality. It's characterized by an irregular heart rate. The upper chambers of the heart (atrium) do not beat but quiver. Many people don't notice it. But many do. It can lead to strokes in some patients so blood thinners are important. It can be treated with medications, ablation thru IV's in the groin or surgery. See a cardiologis
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Atrial fibrillation , what are the chances of survival?

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Many patients with atrial fibrillation live long and happy lives. Although atrial fibrillation may cause significant symptoms, many patients are asymptomatic, and there is no data to suggest that atrial fib in and of itself shortens your life. As long as atrial fibrillation is managed appropriately: with blood thinners, other medications, and occasionally procedures, the prognosis is excellent.
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Dr. Rick Koch answered:

Is atrial fibrillation dangerous to have?

It can be

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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)
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Why is atrial fibrillation dangerous?

Causes strokes

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Atrial fibrillation causes stagnation of blood in the atrium contributing to the formation of clots there which may travel to the brain causing a stroke or CVA or sudden death.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

What sort of problem is atrial fibrillation?

Irregular

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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.
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