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When are you more likely to get atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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  • You're more likely to get atrial fibrillation if you have: Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Valve disease
  • Had a heart attack or heart surgery

SOURCES:

Alexander, E. , 2012. AACN Advanced Critical Care

American Heart Association: "Cardioversion."

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

Anter, E. , 2009. Circulation

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

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

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

StopAfib.org: "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?"

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

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 9, 2018

SOURCES:

Alexander, E. , 2012. AACN Advanced Critical Care

American Heart Association: "Cardioversion."

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

Anter, E. , 2009. Circulation

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

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

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

StopAfib.org: "What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?"

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

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 9, 2018

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