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Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

 

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Atrial fibrillation is marked by an irregular heartbeat that occurs in the upper chambers of the heart (the atria). When the heart is in AFib it may not pump enough oxygen rich blood to the body, increasing the risk for heart failure. Patients with untreated AFib are at extreme high risk for stroke.

 

Types of Atrial Fibrillation

  • Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation - Episodes usually last less than 24 hours and terminate spontaneously within 7 days.

  • Persistent Atrial Fibrillation - Episodes usually last beyond seven days.

  • Permanent Atrial Fibrillation - A continual ongoing long-term type of atrial fibrillation.

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Signs and Symptoms of AFib

  • Palpitations or racing heart

  • Shortness of breath

  • Lightheadedness or fainting

  • Chest pain

Diagnosing AFib

  • Physical exam can reveal an irregular heartbeat

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • Ambulatory cardiac monitoring device

  • Echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound)