Atrial fibrillation

Common Name(s)

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a condition that occurs when there is an abnormal heart beat that causes poor blood flow to the body. Atrial fibrillation occurs when disorganized signals sent to the heart's upper two chambers, or "atria", cause them to contract quickly and irregularly (fibrillation). When this happens, the upper and lower chambers do not work together as they should. Typical symptoms of atrial fibrillation include decreased blood pressure, weakness, lightheadedness, confusion, and shortness of breath, chest pain and sensation of a racing heart. This condition is often caused by damages to the heart’s structure. A few examples include high blood pressure, heart attacks, previous heart surgery, or lung disease. Factors such as obesity, alcohol intake, high blood pressure, or age may put someone at risk for atrial fibrillation.

There are several tests available to diagnose atrial fibrillation. The most common test is an electrocardiogram (ECG). An ECG records signals as they travel to the heart and can detect abnormal heart rhythms. Atrial fibrillation can be treated if caught early using a procedure to restore the heart's rhythm. Surgery may also be used to restore the heart to a normal rhythm. If atrial fibrillation cannot be converted to a normal heartbeat, medications and other procedures can help control heartbeat. Talk with your doctor to decide which treatment option is best for you. Support groups are also good resources for support and information.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Atrial fibrillation" returned 6008 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Atrial Fibrillation and Cryptogenic Thromboembolic Events.
 

Author(s): Benhur Davi Henz, Luiz Roberto Leite

Journal: Arq. Bras. Cardiol.. 2018 08;111(2):132-133.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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TGFβ Is Specifically Upregulated on Circulating CD14++ CD16+ and CD14+ CD16++ Monocytes in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and Severe Atrial Fibrosis.
 

Author(s): David Heinzmann, Stefan Fuß, Saskia V Ungern-Sternberg, Jürgen Schreieck, Meinrad Gawaz, Michael Gramlich, Peter Seizer

Journal: Cell. Physiol. Biochem.. 2018 ;49(1):226-234.

 

Fibrotic remodeling of the atria plays a key role in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation (AF). As little is known about the contribution of circulating monocytes in atrial remodeling and the pathophysiology of AF, we investigated profibrotic factors in different subsets of circulating ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Renalase - a potential biomarker for risk of atrial fibrillation?
 

Author(s): Markus P Schlaich, Gavin W Lambert, Nina Eikelis

Journal: Kardiol Pol. 2018 ;76(8):1201-1202.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Atrial fibrillation" returned 905 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Risk of cognitive impairment with non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation: Protocol for a systemic review of randomized controlled trials and real-world studies.
 

Author(s): Long Shen, Chi Zhang, Zhi-Chun Gu, Hou-Wen Lin, Xiao-Yan Liu, Jun Pu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(34):e12072.

 

The association between use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) with cognitive impairment in atrial fibrillation (AF) remains unknown.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Prognostic value of von Willebrand factor in patients with atrial fibrillation: A meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Cheng Zhong, Minghua Xin, Lang He, Guojian Sun, Farong Shen

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jul;97(27):e11269.

 

Studies on the prognostic role of von Willebrand factor (vWF) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are conflicting. This meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the association of elevated circulating vWF level with adverse outcomes in patients with AF.

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Subclinical Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Atrial Fibrillation

 

Last Updated: 18 Oct 2017

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Exercise Training in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation (OPPORTUNITY Study)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Atrial Fibrillation

 

Last Updated: 30 Aug 2018

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