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 6227 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Diagnostic value of brain natriuretic peptide and β-endorphin plasma concentration changes in patients with acute left heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
 

Author(s): Shao-Dan Feng, Yong Jiang, Zhi-Hong Lin, Pei-Hong Lin, Si-Ming Lin, Qi-Cai Liu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Aug;96(34):e7526.

 

This study aims to evaluate the diagnostic value of beta-endorphin (β-EP) and brain natriuretic peptid (BNP) plasma concentrations for the early diagnosis of acute left heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2017

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Prognostic factors of clinical endpoints in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation during a 2-year follow-up in China: An observational cohort study.
 

Author(s): Hao Wang, Hai-Jun Wang, Ya-Dong Chen, Tao Tao, Yu-Tao Guo, Xiao-Ning Zhao, Hong-Bin Liu, Yu-Tang Wang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Aug;96(33):e7679.

 

This study aimed to reveal the incidence of clinical endpoints in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) during a 2-year follow-up and evaluate the related prognostic factors of these endpoints.In total, 200 elderly patients with AF and 400 age- and sex-matched patients without ...

Last Updated: 17 Aug 2017

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Atrial fibrillation in retinal vascular occlusion disease and non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy.
 

Author(s): Josep Callizo, Nicolas Feltgen, Antje Ammermann, Janina Ganser, Sebastian Bemme, Thomas Bertelmann, Sebastian Pfeiffer, Andre Duvinage, Klaus Gröschel, Hans Hoerauf, Rolf Wachter

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Patients with retinal vascular occlusion disease have an increased risk for ischemic stroke and share some risk factors with cerebrovascular disease. The purpose of this study was to analyze the prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in subjects with retinal vascular occlusive disease ...

Last Updated: 3 Aug 2017

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The terms "Atrial fibrillation" returned 878 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Comparison of Empiric Isolation and Conventional Isolation of Superior Vena Cava in Addition to Pulmonary Vein Isolation on the Outcome of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation Ablation.
 

Author(s): Jin-Yi Li, Jing-Bo Jiang, Guo-Qiang Zhong, Hong-Hong Ke, Yan He

Journal: Int Heart J. 2017 Aug;58(4):500-505.

 

Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in the treatment of AF is currently based on pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Some studies have investigated the efficacy of empiric SVC isolation (SVCI) in addition to conventional PVI in order to improve success rates and reduce recurrence ...

Last Updated: 10 Jul 2017

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Association between KCNE1 G38S gene polymorphism and risk of atrial fibrillation: A PRISMA-compliant meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Yu-Feng Jiang, Min Chen, Nan-Nan Zhang, Hua-Jia Yang, Lang-Biao Xu, Qing Rui, Si-Jia Sun, Jia-Lu Yao, Ya-Feng Zhou

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jun;96(25):e7253.

 

Previous case-control studies on association between KCNE1 G38S polymorphism and risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) have been published but because of the conflicting results and small sample size of individual studies, the consolidated result is still controversial.

Last Updated: 22 Jun 2017

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Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: Focus on Latin America.
 

Author(s): Ayrton R Massaro, Gregory Y H Lip

Journal: Arq. Bras. Cardiol.. 2016 Dec;107(6):576-589.

 

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia, with an estimated prevalence of 1-2% in North America and Europe. The increased prevalence of AF in Latin America is associated with an ageing general population, along with poor control of key risk factors, ...

Last Updated: 30 May 2017

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Subclinical Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Atrial Fibrillation

 

Last Updated: 10 Aug 2015

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Exercise Training in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation (OPPORTUNITY Study)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Atrial Fibrillation

 

Last Updated: 19 Jun 2017

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Last Updated: 7 Apr 2017

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