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Atrial Fibrillation

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Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

In a meta-analysis of all studies, we observed a linear dose-response relationship between alcohol consumption and AF risk, with an overall 8% (6% to 10%) increase in AF risk per 1 drink/day increment in alcohol consumption.   DrJohnm.org July 16, 2014 Life overflows with choices And consequences. You can choose to smoke and then not be surprised to die a difficult death from cancer. You can choose to eat more calories than you burn and then buy bigger belts. You… Keep Reading

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Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke and Colder Temperatures

Compared to summer, the risk of ischaemic stroke increased by 10% in spring and 19% in winter. European Society of Cardiology August 30, 2015 Cold weather linked to increased stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients “Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and it increases the risk of ischaemic stroke by four- to five-fold,” said Dr Chao. “During AF, the electrical activity of the left atrium is disordered and the contraction is ineffective which results in stasis… Keep Reading

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Atrial Flutter Compared to Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial flutter therapy should be individualized. There’s no cookbook or protocol. Treating atrial arrhythmia requires nuance and a robust patient-doctor relationship.   Dr. John M.Org August 5, 2013 Atrial Flutter — 15 facts you may want to know. I  get a lot of questions about atrial flutter. Atrial flutter is a common arrhythmia that shares many similarities to its next of kin, AFib; but there are important differences. Let’s go over 15 basic facts and important points about atrial flutter.… Keep Reading

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How Successful is Cardioversion?

  Initial success of electrical cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation was 65.7%. At one year, 47% remained in Normal Sinus Rhythm.   –International Archives of Medicine –December 12, 2009– Short-term and long-term success of electrical cardioversion in atrial fibrillation in managed care system Introduction Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common dysrhythmia encountered in clinical practice, accounting for approximately one third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance. Electrical cardioversion (ECV) is used to restore sinus rhythm (SR), both to alleviate associated… Keep Reading

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Understanding Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

  The proportion of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) who will ultimately develop permanent AF increases with time and underlying heart disease.    Paroxysmal AF carries the same rate of risk of cardioembolic stroke as permanent or sustained AF.)   MedPage Today Sanjai Sinha, MD 04/30/2012 Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis, Progression, and Stroke Risk Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, affecting more than 4% of the population over the age of 60. AF can be divided into… Keep Reading

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How Many Times Can You Have a Cardioversion?

The Skeptical CardiologistApril 9, 2016 Atrial Fibrillation: How Many Times Can You Shock the Heart The most effective method for getting a heart that is in atrial fibrillation back to normal rhythm is a called an electrical cardioversion. I’ve tried to come up with a good alternative or descriptive term for this procedure for my patients, such as “resetting” or “rebooting” the heart, but the term that seems to best resonate with patients is “shocking” the heart. How Does Electrical  Cardioversion… Keep Reading

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