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My husband had paroxysmal atrial fibrillation but now it's almost every day. He's ignoring it. What are the dangers? He takes Pradaxa.

Possible stroke: atrial fibrillation can lead to blood clot formation in the heart which can possibly break off and go to the brain and cause a stroke. The treatment is Pradaxa which helps prevent the blood clots from occurring. If your husband is taking Pradaxa, then is treating it well and not ignoring it. ...Read more

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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Is using flecanide with amiodarone effective incase of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation refractory to amiodarone 200 mg alone,what doses should be used?

Is using flecanide with amiodarone effective incase of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation refractory to amiodarone 200 mg alone,what doses should be used?

Zero guarantees. All: the Type 1 antiarrhythmic agents, as documented in the CAST Trial & analysis of other trials, neither work for most individuals (CAST Trial selected out the minorities for which these agents did decrease arrhythmias by Holter) increased mortality event rates. These agents promoted for symptoms, not health. Focus on underlying issues wiser. See: https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/689879. ...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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Would paroxysmal atrial fibrillation cause mental impairment?

Yes: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (afib) refers to a brief episode of irregular heart rhythm that may cause a variety of symptoms including confusion, palpitations, sweating, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and sometime even stroke symptoms including changes in language, facial drooping, weakness, and numbness to name a few symptoms. It is important to be seen by a doctor to have a complete exam. ...Read more

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Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation - i'm only 19 year old, please help?

Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation - i'm only 19 year old, please help?

PAFib: You need to see an electrophysiologist for evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, i take 120mg verapamil per day. How safe is it for me to continue weight training?

I have recently been diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, i take 120mg verapamil per day. How safe is it for me to continue weight training?

PAF: There is mounting data showing that athletes who generate a lot of upper body strain (ie rowers, weight lifters) have an increased incidence of a fib, felt to be due to back pressure on the heart during straining that ultimately stretches out the top chambers which is where atrial fibrillation comes from. As you continue weight lifting, be aware that your paroxysmal afib may become persistent. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a blood clot to form during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

How long will it take for a blood clot to form during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

It Varies: It depends on lots of things - is the patient on a blood thinner (it would take longer)? Most people think it takes at least 48 hours, but some studies have show an increase in stroke with as little as 5 hours of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a blood clot to form during paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

Days: Difficult to be very specific because other factors weigh in. How stagnant and how long is considered while treating. ...Read more

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What is the safest anticoagulant to be used in 72 yr patient with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and hypertension?

What is the safest anticoagulant to be used in 72 yr patient with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and hypertension?

Anticoagulation: Your doctor needs to evaluate the situation and pick an agent that is the best for the individual situation. There are many factors to be considered and a one size fits all recommendation is not in general appropriate. ...Read more

Fibrillation (Definition)

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