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The Truth About Atrial Fibrillation
Transcript of The Truth About Atrial Fibrillation
Doc, what's that all about?"
By: Jason Castro
People without symptoms can live with Afib
Blood clot prevention
Beta blockers, calcium channel blockers
Slow down heart rate
Treatment and Prevention
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or fainting
Signs and Symptoms
Rhythm: grossly irregular
Rate: Atrial rate 400 b/min or more
Ventricular rate varies and is less than atrial rate
P-waves: f-waves along baseline
PR interval: immeasurable
QRS complex: Normal < .10 sec.
Identifying ECG Features
Coronary artery disease
Coronary heart failure
Men more likely than women
Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation
Begin suddenly and stop on their own 24 hrs to a week
Persistent Atrial Fibrillation
More than a week
Can stop on its own or with treatment
Permanent Atrial Fibrillation
Normal rhythm never restored
Paroxysmal and persistent AFib may lead to permanent
Types of AFib
AFib or AF
Rapid and disorganized electrical impulses
Arises from an ectopic atrial pacemaker
Rate > 400 b/min