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Is lifting weights put someone at high risk with atrial fibrillation?

Is lifting weights put someone at high risk with atrial fibrillation?

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

Weight Lifting (Definition)

Weight lifting refers to the activity of lifting weights, or using resistance bands, pulley systems, or similar resistance apparatus to increase muscle mass or to tone the body. This can either be done competitively or as a ...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 can I best take care of atrial fibrillation?

How can I best take care of atrial fibrillation?

Depends... : Treatment of af depends on the type of af, the age of the patient, the presence or absence of underlying heart disease, and patient's personal preferences (more medications vs. Procedural approach (ablation). You should discuss this with your doctor or an electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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How much does atrial fibrillation affect longevity?

Atrial fibrillationI: I don't think atrial fibrillation affect longevity that much as long as treatment is initiated before developtment of embolic stroke. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat persistent atrial fibrillation?

Persistent a fib: You should see a cardiologist to have a workup to see if a treatable cause for the atrial fibrillation can be found. If The cardiologist can also recommend appropriate treatments for rate and rhythm control and if appropriate for anticoagulation also. Some folks require drug therapy, some will benefit by ablation of the arrhythmia. ...Read more

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What can lead to, or is associated with Atrial fibrillation?

The following cause or are associated with Atrial fibrillation:: Hemorrhagic stroke, Tricuspid stenosis, Wolff Parkinson White syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a young adult to have atrial fibrillation?

Is it possible for a young adult to have atrial fibrillation?

Yes: Af is a disease that become more common after age 50. It is unusual, but not especially rare, to have af before this age. Often other conditions can be found that trigger af in young people - like hyperthyroidism, caffeine, alcohol, valve disease, etc. Sometimes af can occur "out of the blue" in young people - usually referred to as "lone af". ...Read more

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How can differntite between rapid and controlled atrial fibrillation ?

See below: Controlled atrial fibrillation has an irregular beat with normal heart rate.Rapid atrial fibrillation has a rapid rate(over 100)They both have fibrillating Atria(small chambers of heart). ...Read more

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

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

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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Can young people have atrial fibrillation (afib)?

Can young people have atrial fibrillation (afib)?

Yes. Is possible: If you're having symptoms like palpitations , you should consult your family practitioner who will consider getting a cardiology opinion. ...Read more

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How long for clots to form during atrial fibrillation?

Varies : Patients with atrial fibrillation might have had it off and on for quite some time before it's diagnosed. It is therefore very difficult to say when blood clots form. ...Read more

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Is atrial fibrillation or flutter a more serious condition?

Is atrial fibrillation or flutter a more serious condition?

Both can be: Atrial fibrillation and flutter are both common arrythmias. Flutter tends to degenerate into fibrillation; the difference is that flutter tends to be regular and fibrillation irregular. Generally speaking, irregular is worse than regular because there is a higher risk of clots forming in the heart which can then cause strokes and other potential problems. Most flutter will become fibrillation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and flutter?

What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Organization: Atrial flutter is a very organized rhythm in which electricity gets stuck in a loop going round and round, much like cars on a nascar racetrack. Atrial fibrillation is a more complex rhythm, in which the majority of the atrium is in chaos, driven by a focus known as a rotor. Atrial fibrillation is much harder to cure than atrial flutter, however rate control is usually better for fibrillation. ...Read more

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Which symptoms are associated with atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Which symptoms are associated with atrial fibrillation and flutter?

Palpatations common: Afib can cuase a variety of symptoms. Palpatations or the feeling of the heart racing is common . Pts may notice this at rest or with exercise. Shortness of breathe also. If heart rate really fast may get dizzy. In extreme cases can get heart failure. Pts without adequate blood thinning can have a stroke with afib also. ...Read more

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What is it about mexican food that could trigger atrial fibrillation?

No: Only in john mccain.......He is so scooped wilth immigrants. Tea party republicans also can be affected. ...Read more

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What's the underlying causes of atrial fibrillation? Echo done was normal.

What's the underlying causes of atrial fibrillation?  Echo done was normal.

Several: Look out for left atrial enlargement or mitral valve narrowing/leakiness on echocardiogram, which would indicate structural heart problems.. If echo is totally normal, rule out hyperthyroidism, sleep apnea, excessive alcohol intake. ...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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Can hypertension cause atrial fibrillation?

Can hypertension cause atrial fibrillation?

Yes: Atrial fibrillation is an irregularly irregular heart rhythm , it can happen when the atrium( upper chamber of the heart) is enlarged. Hypertension causes the heart to work harder, develops hypertrophy to have enough force to push the blood forward from the ventricle ( lower chamber of the heart); the atrium in turn enlarges to push blood to ventricle and eventually dilates then a-fib develops. ...Read more

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Would a pacemaker repair atrial fibrillation?

Would a pacemaker repair atrial fibrillation?

Not directly.: Pacemakers might be implanted as part of a care plan for af - but this only prevents slow pulses that might come as a result of medications for the af or after av-node ablation. Pacemakers themselves can not prevent or control af. ...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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What is pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation?

What is pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation?

Incredibly complex: This still remains unknown to a large extent. We know the pathophysiology is not the same in everyone. Many people have afib as a result of frequent bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the pulmonary veins, which enter the heart and trigger atrial muscle fibrillation. However, stretching of atrial muscle can be a stimulus to trigger fibrillation, as can ischemia (limited blood flow) in some. ...Read more

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Could atrial fibrillation be caused by a dream?

Unlikely: Atrial fibrillation can be provoked (though only in part) by certain stress and relaxation states, but since you don't have control of those in a dream, it's probably not worth worrying about. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for atrial fibrillation?

What are the treatments for 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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What are drug treatments for atrial fibrillation?

What are drug treatments for atrial fibrillation?

See below: All patients with atrial fibrillation should be placed on anticoagulants to decrease the risk of blood clots from the atrium. Drugs like warfarin or the newer drugs such as 10a inhibitors are used. Drugs such as beta blockers or calcium channel blockers are used to control the heart rate. Other drugs such as amiodarone or sotalol are used to try to convert atrial fibrillation back to sinus rhythm. ...Read more

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Are there any new treatments for atrial fibrillation?

Yes: There are multiple ways to treat atrial fibrillation:
1. Control the heart rate with medications that control the heart rate.
2. Try to convert patients in nornal rhythm and keep them in normal rhythm with medications specific for that purpose.
3. Minimize the risk of a stroke with medications that thin the blood
4. If medications fail, patients can undergo a procedure called catheter ablation. ...Read more

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What causes clots in patients with atrial fibrillation?

What causes clots in patients with atrial fibrillation?

Standstill: The extremely rapid rates of atrial fibrillation are in fact so fast that they create two problems: the top chamber is not mechanically moving very far at all, so it cannot shake clots loose, and the overactive atrial tissue secretes chemicals which increase the likelihood of clot formation. These processes come together to substantially increase stroke risk. ...Read more

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My father has atrial fibrillation. What does this mean?

My father has atrial fibrillation. What does this mean?

Atrial fibrillation: Afib is a rapid irregular heart rhythm which can decrease heart efficiency as much as 20% in some patients. It can also be associated with clotting and clots travelling around the body to cause stroke or other problems. Some people have atrial fibrillation as their normal rhythm. Talk to your dr. About it if you have it. ...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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Can someone take tramadol if you have atrial fibrillation?

Can someone take tramadol if you have atrial fibrillation?

Should be fine: Tramadol is, generally speaking, say for use in atrial fibrillation, though this is general advice and may not apply to your specific situation. ...Read more

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