Help please! Is atrial fibrillation a progressive condition?

Sometimes . Af tends to progress over time in the majority of patients, but this progression is slow, often over years or even decades. Uncontrolled hypertension, other heart diseases, obstructive sleep apnea etc. Can accelerate this process. Treatment of af with medications (antiarrhythmic drugs), and treatment of the predisposing conditions, often slows or prevents progression.

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Is atrial fibrillation a serious condition? My friend is 45 and has it.

Not usually. Atrial fibrillation may be a consequence of structural abnormalities of the heart, which can indeed be serious. However, if the rhythm disturbance is the only abnormality then it can usually be controlled sufficiently that the patient can be free of symptoms. In older patients with af there is significant risk of stroke, but this too can be mitigated by treatment to reduce blood clots. Read more...
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. Read more...

I had a CT of chest done and it showed hyperinflated lungs...Which could be asthma-copd-lung disease right? Could these cause atrial fibrillation?

COPD. Not really, there is not direct correlation. However you are more likely to mat (multifocal atrial tachycardia) with lung disease. Read more...
Copd and atrial fib. Yes in advanced and untreated COPD can cause atrial fibrilation.Changes in blood gases, abnormalities in pulmonary function studies and hemodynamic changes due to pulmonary hypertension can cause a fib, but it does not happen in every case of COPD and is not very common cause of atrial fibrilation.Stop smoking if you do and follow the tratment prescribed by your doctor. Read more...

Please advise what is prescribed for atrial fibrillation?

AF Treatment. The main goal of treatment is to control the heart rate and prevent the blood clot formation. Heart rate prevention: beta blockers will be used blood clot prevention: blood thinners will be used. Read more...
Myriad of drugs. Myriad of drugs, here are some of the drugs with categorized by treatment strategy. 1. To control heart rate - beat-blockers, calcium channel blockers, digoxin. 2. For rhythm control - flecainide, rythmol, (propafenone) multaq, sotalol, tikosyn, amiodarone. 3. To decrease stroke risk - aspirin, warfarin, pradaxa, xarelto, eliquis. Read more...