Atrial Fibrillation

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Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation.

Totally irregular heart rhythm.

Fibrillation means disorganized contraction of heart muscle fibers.

It occurs in the atria, chambers of receipt of blood to the heart, usually to dilate.


It affects adults without any preferences for sex.


Acute pulmonary edema.

Arterial thrombosis or embolism.

Congestive heart failure.

Cardiac arrest.


The normal heart rhythm can be restored with electrocardioversión in 50% of cases, even if the fibrillation is of long duration, usually reappear.

In the other 50%, certain symptoms can be controlled with medication.

The patients that restores normal heart rhythm unites have life expectancies greater, more strength and energy to those who suffer from atrial fibrillation continuously.


Either that dilates the atria, or damage the fabric of driving, such as:

Heart disease caused by rheumatic fever.

Atherosclerosis, with or without prior heart attack.


Congestive heart failure.

Signs and symptoms.

Sometimes there are no symptoms.

Continuous pulsations irregular heartbeats that are not of equal strength and duration.

Weakness, dizziness or fainting (sometimes)

Risk Factors.


Condition of the heart valves.

Recent heart surgery.

Disorderly electrolytes, especially potassium level low.

Pulmonary embolism.

Excessive use of some drugs such as thyroid hormones, caffeine and others.


Excessive consumption of alcohol.



Avoid the risk factors for atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.

Continue rigorously treatment for heart conditions that have lapsed.

Diagnosis and Treatment.

DIAGNOSIS: history and physical examination by a doctor.


Blood tests to determine levels of the drugs used in treatment.


Medical treatment.

Hospitalization (sometimes)

Electroshock (electrocardioversión) to try to restore a normal heart rhythm.

General measures.

Ask your relatives and friends who learn the techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation by if you have a heart failure.

Do not smoke, use the mind - altering drugs or drink more than 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks a day.

Learn to take the pulse (beats per minute) and check its regularity.

Call the doctor if there are any changes.

Reduce stress.


Your doctor may prescribe:

Medication for the heart as:



Calcium channel blockers or.

beta - adrenergic blockers, to regulate the heart rate.

Anticoagulants or antiplatelet agents to prevent blood clots.


Go back to your normal activities as soon as symptoms improve.

Consult your physician before resuming sexual relations.


If you are obese need to lose weight, but no use of appetite suppressants, could worsen the disorderly heart rhythm.

The primary coronary heart disease may need a diet low in fat and salt and potassium supplements.

Advise your doctor if.

The following occurs during treatment:

Changes in the cardiac rhythm and strength.

Chest pain, sweating and weakness.

Shortness of breath or swelling of feet and ankles.

Pain in the calves when walking.

New unexplained symptoms. The drugs used in treatment can cause side effects.

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