Atrial Fibrillation Complications
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If uncontrolled, atrial fibrillation can trigger: an inconsistent blood supply, chronic fatigue, stroke, and heart failure. So how these complications can be prevented.
Transcript: Atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an erratic and rapid heartbeat, can be effectively managed...
Atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an erratic and rapid heartbeat, can be effectively managed with medication, medical devices and lifestyle changes. And chances are you will be able to resume an active life once again. But if uncontrolled, atrial fibrillation can trigger: An inconsistent blood supply to the body and brain, Chronic fatigue, Stroke, and Heart failure. When an irregular, rapid heartbeat causes blood to pool in the atria or upper chambers of the heart a blood clot can form. If a clot enters the bloodstream, it can lodge in the brain, causing a stroke. Atrial fibrillation makes you 3 to 5 times more likely to have a stroke than someone without the condition. High blood pressure, diabetes, and a history of heart failure or previous stroke, can also increase your risk. Heart failure is also a risk because irregular, rapid contractions weaken the heart muscle, so it no longer efficiently pumps oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling of the feet, ankles and legs. But treatment can help you avoid these complications and even restore a normal heart rate. To learn about common atrial fibrillation treatments check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-20 | Tags »
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Did you know there are a number of symptoms associated with atrial fibrillation? Watch this video and learn about atrial fibrillation symptoms.
Transcript: Have you been experiencing an irregular, rapid heartbeat - up to 350 to 600 beats a minute? If so,...
Have you been experiencing an irregular, rapid heartbeat - up to 350 to 600 beats a minute? If so, it may be atrial fibrillation - a disruption of heart rhythm that can deprive the body of oxygenated blood and may cause a stroke or heart attack. Aside from a rapid heartbeat, other common symptoms of this cardiac condition include: decreased blood pressure, shortness of breath and chest pains. Some people though, may have no symptoms. If your symptoms do send you to the doctor's -and they should -- he or she will ask about your medical history and sensations, and conduct tests to confirm that atrial fibrillation is the cause of your discomfort. If you have chest pain, however, don't go to the doctor, head for the ER. Tests to diagnose atrial fibrillation include: An electrocardiogram to measure electrical impulses of the heart. If there is a lull or a spike in these impulses, chances are atrial fibrillation is the cause. An echocardiogram, in which sound waves produce a video image of the heart in motion. These images show how blood is pumped through the heart, revealing any delays or increases, as well as any structural damage. If abnormalities are found, the doctor may suggest wearing a Holter monitor, a small device that records the heart's electrical activity, for a day or two as you go about your regular routine. Or an event recorder, which is similar to the Holter monitor but is worn for about a month and only records the heart's electrical activity when symptoms are present. Blood tests and chest X-rays are then typically administered to rule out other conditions. For example, a blood test can reveal that the symptoms are the result of thyroid disease and an X-ray can confirm various other heart and lung conditions. For those who may have no symptoms, the condition is typically uncovered during a routine visit to the doctor. For information on atrial fibrillation treatment options, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-09 | Tags »
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Atrial fibrillation, also known as Afib, is an irregular and rapid heartbeat. It can be occasional or chronic. Watch this video to see what sets them apart.
Transcript: An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular...
An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular and sometimes rapid heartbeat-often with as many as 350 to 600 beats a minute. That's a lot higher than the norm of 60 to 100. Sometimes, however, it causes no noticeable symptoms, and is identified only through a routine physical exam. Some people only have occasional atrial fibrillation, also known as, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Their symptoms typically last a few minutes or hours, and eventually go away on their own. Chronic atrial fibrillation, on the other hand, is 24/7. Both types can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue and nausea. And they greatly increase the risk for stroke and heart failure. Fortunately, this common cardiac condition is easily treated with medication, medical devices and lifestyle changes, and isn't usually life-threatening. To learn about common symptoms, causes and treatments, check out more videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-10-18 | Tags »
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