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Why is atrial fibrillation dangerous?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Causes strokes

Atrial fibrillation causes stagnation of blood in the atrium contributing to the formation of clots there which may travel to the brain causing a stroke or cva or sudden death.

In brief: Causes strokes

Atrial fibrillation causes stagnation of blood in the atrium contributing to the formation of clots there which may travel to the brain causing a stroke or cva or sudden death.
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Generally, It's Not

Afib isn't a fatal condition and while people who have it live shorter lives, most of that is because they also have other issues.
It's problematic if the lower chamber (ventricles) are driven too fast (>130/min on ongoing basis, usually) which can result in impaired pumping function of the heart (rate related cardiomyopathy). Many people also have disabling symptoms from the fast/irreg heart rate.

In brief: Generally, It's Not

Afib isn't a fatal condition and while people who have it live shorter lives, most of that is because they also have other issues.
It's problematic if the lower chamber (ventricles) are driven too fast (>130/min on ongoing basis, usually) which can result in impaired pumping function of the heart (rate related cardiomyopathy). Many people also have disabling symptoms from the fast/irreg heart rate.
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Dr. Ramin Rafie
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: Cva, mi

1 - if the rate goes too fast.
..This can become a problem 2 - more commonly, when they beat so erratically, it gives an opportunity for the blood to clot in the atria, and then when that clot is pushed into the ventricles it can be pushed into the circulation where it may cause an mi or cva.

In brief: Cva, mi

1 - if the rate goes too fast.
..This can become a problem 2 - more commonly, when they beat so erratically, it gives an opportunity for the blood to clot in the atria, and then when that clot is pushed into the ventricles it can be pushed into the circulation where it may cause an mi or cva.
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