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Atrial fibrillation versus ventricular fibrillation. Causes and cures?

Atrial fibrillation versus ventricular fibrillation. Causes and cures?

VF vs AF: Ventricular is lethal instantly. A fib is not lethal and treated with medications or ablation. ...Read more

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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 is worse: ventricular fibrillation or atrial fibrillation?

What is worse: ventricular fibrillation or atrial fibrillation?

Ventricular fib: Vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation, while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It increases the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. Additionally, if the af causes a fast pulse for a prolonged period of time, this may lead to weakening of the heart and cause heart failure. ...Read more

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Why is ventricular fibrillation worse than atrial fibrillation?

Why is ventricular fibrillation worse than atrial fibrillation?

Fibrillation: atrial fibrillation has normal left ventricular contractions put poor atrial function. Ventricular fibrillation has no real ventricular contractions so blood pumping essentially stops. Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm you can live with. Ventricular fibrillation is a rhythm you die with unless it is corrected quickly. ...Read more

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Can atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular beat cause ventricular fibrillation?

Can atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular beat cause ventricular fibrillation?

Not usually: Not typically; however, if you also have an accessory pathway (wolff-parkinson-white syndrome), this is a unique situation where af is known to cause very rapid ventricular activation during af, which can lead to vf. Rapid ventricular response may cause cardiac weakening over time, which in turn may increase the risk of vf. ...Read more

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Does atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response cause ventricular fibrillation?

Only in a Very Few: Generally, the answer to this is a very solid "no." this is a rare complication of people with another condition (on top of their afib) called wolff-parkinson-white syndrome (or wpw). In certain patients having both conditions, the top chamber is too-well connected to the bottom and can trigger ventricular fibrillation. ...Read more

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What is Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

What is Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

Irregular pulse: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that is intermittent (or paroxysmal), arising from the upper chambers of the heart (or atria), and is very chaotic, or irregular (fibrillating). It can cause problems because it usually drives the heart rate up too fast (giving symptoms and eventually weakening the heart) and can increase the risk of stroke. Causes of PAF are multiple. ...Read more

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How is atrial fibrillation treated?

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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What is more dangerous, atrial fibrillation or ventricular fibrillation?

For: Any chances to "recover" from vfib one need to be in an intensive care an hooked to an ekg. And a slim chance to live. If someone collapses on the street, help has to come in minutes to jump heart back to normal rhythm. People who go in vfib have an underlying and severe heart disease. Conclusion vfib kills a afib can be controlled, even normal rhythm may be restored. Big difference! ...Read more

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Without treatment, is atrial fibrillation deadly?

Depends : it depends on how many other diseases you have. For the people with the highest risk, it can cause strokes, which can be deadly. Anyone with this condition needs to see a Cardiologist. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation inherited?

Is atrial fibrillation inherited?

Sometimes: 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. ...Read more

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Which treatments control atrial fibrillation?

Which treatments control atrial fibrillation?

It Varies: The most important treatment is stroke prevention, which is usually done by medications (aspirin or warfarin). Sometimes rate control medications are used, like metoprolol. If the af is severe enough, stronger anti-arrhythmic medications are used, like propafenone. If these do not work, catheter ablation may be recommended. Pacemaker and av-node ablation may be used as a last resort. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation hereditary?

Is atrial fibrillation hereditary?

No: Congenital heart problems can be inherited and this can lead to afib. But afib itself is not. ...Read more

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How are atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter different?

How are atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter different?

Irregular/ regular: Heart rythm problem is more unpredictable in a fib. In flutter the are more predictable and regular rate. The treatment approach differs and risk of intracardiac blood clot also in that context. ...Read more

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How is atrial fibrillation diagnosed?

EKG /Physical exam: Different ways. Listening to the heart there is obvious irregular rhythm with irregular rate. The electrocardiogram is diagnostic. Some times atrial fibrillation may appeared transiently or paroxystically. A holter monitor or cardiac monitor could show the characteristic features of the EKG changes. ...Read more

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How effective is diltiazem (Cardizem) for managing atrial fibrillation?

Effective: Controlling the heart rate is an important part of treating atrial fibrillation. This can be done with a calcium channel blocker, such as diltiazem or verapamil, or a beta-blocker. Also important is anticoagulation, and consideration of restoring sinus rhythm. ...Read more

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What is atrial fibrillation?

Irregular rhythm: 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. ...Read more

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What is atrial fibrillation?

Arrhythmias: 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. ...Read more

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Can you describe non-valvular atrial fibrillation?

Afib and no valve dx: It is atrial fibrillation and no significant valvular heart disease . It is also called " lone " atrial fibrillation. When talking about Pradaxa it means no artificial heart valves, because it does not yet have approval for that condition. ...Read more

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How effective is digoxin (Lanoxin) for managing atrial fibrillation?

How effective is digoxin (Lanoxin) for managing atrial fibrillation?

Digoxin: we have used it for hundreds of years, recently it has been falling into disfavor. It needs to be used with great care and this may be why recent usage problems are seen. It is an ancient poison so it can't be taken lightly. ...Read more

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How effective is cardiac monitoring for managing atrial fibrillation?

How effective is cardiac monitoring for managing atrial fibrillation?

Afib: when you are dealing with afib monitoring can tell you the rhythm and rate pattern of the heart. This is a great help in decision making ...Read more

Fibrillation (Definition)

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