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What Is Worse A Or B Fibrillation
Worsening AF: Af is usually a progressive issue. The progression varies with each person - months, years, decades. It usually increases in frequency or duration over time but there is no defined interval in any specific person. Af causes changes in the electrical properties of the atrium to increase the chances for more af. Therapy with drugs or ablation may decrease the chances of progression. Talk to you md. ...Read more
Stay or get healthy: There are many things that may worsen atrial fibrillation. These include excessive alcohol use, caffeine and being overweight. If any of these apply to you, try to improve them. You should also work with your doctor to ensure you don't have an underlying heart valve problem, coronary artery disease or a thyroid disorder that is causing atrial fibrillation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can make my atrial fibrillation worse? What are the risks that my atrial fibrillation will become worse? (more symptomatic)
Symptoms can be wors: The symptoms of atrial fibrillation can get better or worse. But this does not mean the a fib is itself getting worse. Anything that makes you heart go faster, will give you a more significant sensation. Things like fever, stimulants (caffeine), stress, excitement will make your heart beat faster. But, again, this does not mean your condition is at all worse. Medications can also affect symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Atrial fibrillation. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) antihistamine or could it make it worse? Thanks
Caution: With your health conditions you have to be very cautious with drugs, given your history too, please call your doctor and don't self medicate, unless it is a true emergency and you get minimal effective dose, good that you are asking, wish you wellness ...Read more
Due atrial fibrillation a wrong move hurt my ankle joints. When why it get worse when applying heat?
If it weren't for...: If it weren't for stroke risk, afib would be nothing but an annoyance. Sadly, afib does significantly increase your risk for stroke and medications should at least be considered to help decrease that risk. Other drugs should be used only if the symptoms bother you. Unless you have a second, very rare condition, you will not die of afib. ...Read more
It Varies: Presumably you are asking about ventricular fibrillation, since atrial fibrillation would hardly ever by fatal. The risk of vf, or cardiac arrest, varies widely depending on what underlying heart conditions exist. Cardiac arrest occurs to about 400, 000 americans annually. The risk in some serious heart conditions may be 20-40% a year. For most people, it is much less than 1% a year. ...Read more
Not likely: There are a few treatable causes of atrial fibrillation however in most, there is no such cause found. Cure is possible by ablation procedure which in general does not have a great success rate, except perhaps in the hands of a selected few experts. For most people, treatment with medication is recommended which may offer rhythm control, i.e. Keep in normal rhythm. ...Read more
What does subtle fibrillations along the undersurface and apical free margin mean? Is a degenerative type free margin tear serious?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer