Living With Atrial Fibrillation & Prevention
- Q How does atrial fibrillation cause heart failure?
Certain arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, can lead to very serious problems such as heart failure. With heart failure, your heart pumps blood inefficiently for a lengthy period because of the rapid heart rate of atrial fibrillation.... Full Answer
- Q What are the complications of atrial fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation has two very serious complications: stroke and heart failure. A stroke can occur if the irregular rhythm of your heart keeps it from pumping blood out of your upper heart chambers, the atria. As the blood collects in your atria, it... Full Answer
- Q Does atrial fibrillation lead to other health conditions?
Dr. Douglas Severance, Family MedicineAtrial fibrillation can lead to other serious problems. The biggest risk is a stroke. When you have atrial fibrillation, your heart may not be able to pump all the blood out with each beat. A small amount of blood may pool, causing a clot. If one of... Full Answer
- Q Would I know if I had high blood pressure with atrial fibrillation?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineNot usually. Talk about a stealth bomber: High blood pressure is one of the most common health problems and it can increase your risk for all manner of medical mayhem. Yet it is almost always symptomless. Like atrial fibrillation, many people don’t... Full Answer