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What's the difference between occasional atrial fib and permanent?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Occasional atrial fibrillation occurs once in a while but stops on its own. You may have symptoms that last only seconds or minutes. Sometimes occasional atrial fibrillation lasts for days. In permanent atrial fibrillation the irregular heart rhythm cannot be converted to a normal sinus rhythm. Surgical treatment may reverse permanent atrial fibrillation, however.

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