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What can happen if you don't get treated for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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If you don't get treated, over time the condition can damage your heart muscle, and you can get heart failure.

SOURCES:

Alexander, E. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 2012.

American Heart Association: "Cardioversion."

American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Anter, E. Circulation, 2009.

Brady, W.J. The ECG in Prehospital Emergency Care, 2012.

Cleveland Clinic: "How Does the Heart Beat," "Pulmonary Vein Isolation Ablation."

Goroll, Allan H. Primary Care Medicine: Office Evaluation and Management of the Adult Patient.

Mann, Douglas L. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 2014.

Shenasa, M. Management of Atrial Fibrillation: A Practical Approach, 2015.

StopAfib.org: "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

Alexander, E. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 2012.

American Heart Association: "Cardioversion."

American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Anter, E. Circulation, 2009.

Brady, W.J. The ECG in Prehospital Emergency Care, 2012.

Cleveland Clinic: "How Does the Heart Beat," "Pulmonary Vein Isolation Ablation."

Goroll, Allan H. Primary Care Medicine: Office Evaluation and Management of the Adult Patient.

Mann, Douglas L. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 2014.

Shenasa, M. Management of Atrial Fibrillation: A Practical Approach, 2015.

StopAfib.org: "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 14, 2020

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