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What does atrial fibrillation feel like in a person?

What does atrial fibrillation feel like in a person?

Various symptoms: Symptoms vary from patient to patient. Some patients have no symptoms at all. Possible symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, and sweating. ...Read more

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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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Can a person work in a costco warehouse if he has atrial fibrillation?

Can a person work in a costco warehouse if he has atrial fibrillation?

Usually: With a good medical management strategy, atrial fibrillation is generally not a condition producing long-term disability. If long-term disability is a concern, their procedures available which can substantially reduce the symptoms of fibrillation or improve the amount of time spent in the normal (sinus) rhythm. ...Read more

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Does it matter if a person has atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation?

Does it matter if a person has atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation?

Sure: While the immediate consequences of the knowledge may not be substantial (both can result in increased stroke risk and generally speaking patients with one heart risk for the other), isolated atrial flutter is often readily amenable to cure by catheter ablation procedures (85-98%). Atrial fibrillation is also amenable to such a procedure, though the success rates can be much lower (perhaps 70%). ...Read more

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Does anyone know a person who had a cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?

I do: We perform cardioversions as an absolutely routine part of our practice in cardiac electrophysiology. It is a safe and well-tolerated procedure which can restore normal rhythm for many patients. ...Read more

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What effect does altitude of 5280 feet have on a person with atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation: In general one mile altitude won't have a lot of effect on afib other than maybe some speed up of the heart rate. Oxygenation is still good at that altitude but its possible some shortness of breath and decreased exercise tolerance with exercise would be noted. ...Read more

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Can a person continue to work a warehouse job if he has atrial fibrillation?

Absolutely: The keys in managing atrial fibrillation are assessing stroke risk (& treating appropriately) & controlling heart rates in order to minimize impact on physical activity. Please follow regularly with your physician to achieve these goals. ...Read more

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Fibrillation (Definition)

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