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Atrial Fibrillation Health Center

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  1. Atrial Fibrillation - What Increases Your Risk

    Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include:Age older than 60.Being white and male.Heart failure.Heart valve disease.High blood pressure.Coronary artery disease and heart attack.Obesity.4A family history of atrial fibrillation.5Surgery on the heart.A history of rheumatic fever.Infection, such as pneumonia or endocarditis.Lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

  2. Atrial Fibrillation - When to Call a Doctor

    Some symptoms of atrial fibrillation need urgent medical evaluation. Callor other emergency services immediately if you:Have severe chest pain.Experience any signs of a stroke.Feel faint and have an irregular heartbeat.If you see someone pass out, callor other emergency services immediately.Call your doctor if you have:An irregular heart rate.Heart palpitations.Periods of unexplained ...

  3. Atrial Fibrillation - Treatment Overview

    Treating atrial fibrillation is important for several reasons. An irregular, rapidly beating heart can weaken the heart muscle and cause it to dilate or stretch out. This can increase your risk of developing heart failure or having chest pain or even a heart attack. Also, atrial fibrillation can greatly increase your risk of having a stroke. Many people are able to live full and active lives ...

  4. Atrial Fibrillation - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take anticoagulants to prevent stroke? Should I try cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Taking anticoagulants for .

  5. Digoxin for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Digoxin for atrial fibrillation.

  6. Beta-Blockers for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Beta-blockers for atrial fibrillation.

  7. Anticoagulants Other Than Warfarin for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Dabigatran for Atrial Fibrillation.

  8. Atrial Fibrillation - Cause

    Atrial fibrillation is caused by a problem with the electrical activity of the heart.Conditions that damage the heart muscle or strain the heart often cause atrial fibrillation. These include:High blood pressure, a condition in which the force of blood against artery walls is too strong. Normal blood pressure is 119 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) systolic over 79 mm Hg diastolic or below. ...

  9. Warfarin for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation.

  10. Heart Rhythm Problems: How to Travel Safely - Topic Overview

    If you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), ask your doctor what type and level of exercise is safe for you. Regular activity can help keep your heart and body healthy.The type and amount of exercise that is allowable will vary depending on the cause of your abnormal heart rhythm and whether you have other forms of heart disease. If your irregular heartbeat is caused by another type of heart disease (such as cardiomyopathy or a valve problem), you may need to limit your activity because of the other heart disease.Before you start a new exercise program or change your current exercise program:Talk with your doctor. He or she may do a physical exam, an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), and possibly a stress ECG test to assess what level of activity your heart can handle. Make an exercise plan together with your doctor. An exercise program usually consists of stretching, activities that increase your heart rate (aerobic exercise), and strength training (lifting light weights). Make

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