Atrial fibrillation occurs when the normal, regular, synchronous action of the upper chambers of the heart becomes chaotic, rapid and inefficient.
Some who go into atrial fibrillation know it right away because they feel bad-they feel what we doctors term palpitations:their heart beating rapidly or irregularly (fluttering). They may have other symptoms associated with this such as dizziness, chest pain or shortness of breath. Many, however, go into atrial fibrillation and are not aware of it.
The first symptom they feel may be a stroke due to a clot developing in the upper chambers of the heart dislodging and going down an artery to the brain,
Patients may wonder “Why Did I Go Into Atrial Fibrillation”
And they may also be interested in “Why I Favor The Restoration and Maintenance of Sinus Rhythm For Most Patients With Atrial Fibrillation.”
Given the increased stroke risk, if you have afib you should definitely read my post on “Which Patients Should Take Blood Thinners.”
This post will also give you an idea of which blood thinner (anticoagulant) to take.
Posts on Diagnosing Atrial fibrillation
TIAs and silent atrial fibrillation. Sometimes strokes present in unusual ways, like the inability to differentiated a spade from a diamond when playing bridge and afib is often the cause.
Estimating Stroke Risk in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation You can estimate your stroke risk using an app that utilizes the CHAD2DS2-VASc score. I prefer to call the Lip score.
Posts About Using Personal Devices To Diagnose Atrial Fibrillation
Two That Work Reasonably Well
And One of Several Device To Avoid: AF Detect
Posts About Treatment Of Atrial Fibrillation
How Obesity Causes Atrial Fibrillation in FatSheep and Losing Weight help prevent afib from coming back.
Drug Therapy: Rate Control and Anticoagulation
Foxglove Equipoise. When William Withering began treating patients suffering from dropsy in 1775 with various preparations of the foxglove plant he wasn’t sure if he would help or hurt them. After 240 years of treatment, we are still unsure if rhe drug obtained from foxglove is useful.
Should Digoxin Still Be Used in Atrial Fibrillation? Recent studies suggest that we should not.
Why Does the TV Tell Me Xarelto Is A BAD Drug? Anticoagulant drugs that prevent the bad clots that cause stroke also increase bleeding risk. A bleeding complication is not a valid reason to sue the manufacturer. The lawsuit are strictly a money-making tactic for sleazy lawyers.
Cardioversion and Ablation
Enlightened Medical Management of AF: Part I. Deals with amiodarone therapy, cardioversions and the use of personal ECG monitoring
Take a look at this video to get a good understanding of what happens in atrial fibrillation:.
The first symptom of afib may be a stroke due to a clot developing in the upper chambers of the heart dislodging and going down an artery to the brain, a process beautifully (seriously, this is really wonderful and the narrator has a great British accent) animated in this video: