A fibrillation, also called AF and A-fib for short is a quivering, a fluttering of the atria, the upper two chambers of the heart. These are random, inefficient contractions. The atria quiver instead of pumping blood in an organized fashion.
It's a common arrhythmia and there are several approaches that can be taken for treatment and management.
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I am a 64 year old female in what I thought in pretty good health. I am taking Toprol for blood pressure among other vitamins etc. A week ago, while on vacation, I notice I was having an irregular heartbeat and was getting dizzy while standing. I have had pvc in the past and they would go away when I stopped caffeine. My cardiologist told me today that the EKG done i his office a few minutes ago I was in v fib. He said if we had caught this within 48 hours of its beginning, shock could have helped. This afternoon he has put me on Pradaxa for he feels I may have formed a clot in the heart. My pulse irregular is about 80 beats a minute. He has scheduled an echo and stress test tomorrow. There are so many questions I have and did not ask. Is this condition treatable, am I being ultra scared that I think I will die very soon from the silent killer , what about stokes? I know you may not be able to answer this questions, but any information may help. Also, would a couple shots of Scotch hurt?
Atrial Fibrillation what is it? I went to the ER last week with a racing heart doc said my EKG was fine.? Someone told me I may be in atrial fibrillation. My heart did feel funny but was in a regular rythm. My blood work came back elevated (a BNP blood test) which they said was for heart failure but my cardio was not concerned because the CT, chest x-ray, ekg and echo was normal.
yes, thank you......i had a a-fib occur about 8 yrs ago during a colonoscopy. and since been on solotol 80 mg 2x day. recently had a ekg that say i don t have a-fib now. could that have been a unlikely occurence when the colonoscopy was performed ? or is it once you had a-fib then you always have it. i mean is there a difference between a a-fib that occurs during a procedure/colonoscopy than one that occurs during a regular day in the life ? thanks again ,jack