What is a fib?

Abnl heart rhythm. Afib is short for atrial fibrillation which is an abnormal heart rhythm where your heart speeds & slows down on its own without any good reason. It can be confirmed by an ekg/ecg or electrocardiogram where your doctor will tell you that you're missing p waves (the signal from the atria). Afib increases your risk of stroke and may warrant taking blood thinners.

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What causes atrial fib?

Atrial fibrillation. The two most common causes of atrial fibrillation are hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and degenerative disease of the cardiac conduction system as we get older. Other causes include heart surgery, alcohol (chronic intoxication), and conditions which enlarge the atria (like heart valve problems). Read more...
Many causes. There are many factors that can lead to atrial fibrillation. Common predisposing conditions include hypertension, heart failure, sleep apnea, and genetic predisposition. Read more...
Many causes. Most of the time however the cause is not clear. Electrical conductive disease, thyroid disease, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, alcohol, drugs like amphetamines and cocaine or other speed like drugs. Also severe infections or physiologic stress can it also.These are but a few. Read more...

What would cause a-fib in a 27 year old female? No history of drinking, drugs, smoking, poor diet, etc.

Possibilities. In some it is hereditary. Overactive thyroid, sleep apnea, high blood-pressure are among problems associated with increased risk. Cause for atrial fibrillation cannot always be found. Read more...
Uncommon. Congenital, defect- atrial septal or ventricular pulmonary hypertension rheumatic fever mitral valve disorder mitral prolapse coronary disease are all known risks , but still infrequent at your age. Read more...

Mother in law has atrial fibrillation but cannot handle blood thinners (they cause her bleeding issues). What else can treat Atrial fib besides blood thinners?

Ablation. she can be seen by a EP cardiologist to be evaluated for atrial ablation. she may or may not be a good candidate. also based on her risk factors rate control with B-blockers (IE metoprolol) may suffice as a proper treatment for A fibrilation. Read more...
Prevention/treatment. Blood thinners are used mainly for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. There are numerous proposed personal scores/scales based on which they are recommended. The bleeding risk is usually the limiting factor in the use of blood thinners. Atrial fibrillation treatment is a different topic and it involves mainly controlling the heart rate/ heart rhythm. Read more...
Quite a few! without directly reviewing the patients full history, labs, etc. I cannot give specific medical advice BUT there has been an entirely new group of treatments and might be less risky for some patients. https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/AboutArrhythmia/Atrial-Fibrillation-Medications_UCM_423781_Article.jsp dabigitran. Read more...

What are the causes of a-fib in a male age 35?

Good question. If no drug abuse or other stimulants / caffeine excess / etc., then need to be sure thyroid working properly and may have structural abnormality of heart predisposing to af. Need to see a cardiologist for ep study to determine if one/few triggers in atria that could be ablated or if long-term af likely only option. Good luck! Read more...

What is the difference between A fib and V fib?

LIFE and DEATH. They are both "arhythmias" abnormal rhythms of the heart however the A fib (originating in the atrial chambers) is treatable ..usually with medication or electric conversion the latter is ventricular and is FATAL unless stopped with electric current (Cadioversion) The latter is one of the most common causes of sudden death in young people! Hope this helps! Dr Z. Read more...
Alive vs dead. Simply put, you can live with Afib but not with vfib. both are irregular heartbeats but Afib is a very common irregular heartbeat that many live with daily without worry. V-fib on the other hand is not able to sustain life and is the dramatic moment on TV where you might see patients shocked by defibrillator. . Read more...

What's the difference between an a-fib and a stroke?

Much. Symplistically, atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythmn that can increase the risk for stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to an area in the brain is cut off for a long enough period of time causing surrounding brain tissue death. Read more...

A fib definition?

Irregular heart . A fib is a common arrhythmia in older adults. It is an irregularity of the pacing part of the heart. It increases symptoms like shortness of breath and palpitations. It is often due to hypertension or underlying heart disease. Meds can control the heart rate and reduce the risk of stroke. You should be evaluated by a physician. Read more...