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The Truth About Atrial Fibrillation

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Jason Castro

on 8 August 2013

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Transcript of The Truth About Atrial Fibrillation

"Atrial Fibrillation?
Doc, what's that all about?"

By: Jason Castro
Atrial Fibrillation
Catheter ablation


People without symptoms can live with Afib
Blood clot prevention
Blood thinners
Rate control
Beta blockers, calcium channel blockers
Slow down heart rate
Rhythm control

Treatment and Prevention

Shortness of breath
Chest pain
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

Risk Factors

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
Heart arrhythmia
Rapid and disorganized electrical impulses
Arises from an ectopic atrial pacemaker
Quivering atria
Rate > 400 b/min

Atrial Fibrillation


Heart Failure


Thank you
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