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Can atrial fibrillation be life threatening?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Indirectly

It can lead to stroke or heart attack of left untreated.

In brief: Indirectly

It can lead to stroke or heart attack of left untreated.
Dr. Mark Stern
Dr. Mark Stern
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Yes

Atrial fibrillation increase the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal.
Strokes from af tend to be worse than non-af strokes. 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. A very fast pulse, even for a short period, can precipitate a heart attack in someone with underlying blocked arteries.

In brief: Yes

Atrial fibrillation increase the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal.
Strokes from af tend to be worse than non-af strokes. 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. A very fast pulse, even for a short period, can precipitate a heart attack in someone with underlying blocked arteries.
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
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