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

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Atrial fibrillation" returned 6794 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Spontaneous conversion of atrial fibrillation caused by severe hyperkalemia: A case report.
 

Author(s): Lihua Yan, Tingbo Jiang, Xiangjun Yang, Mingzhu Xu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Apr;97(15):e0442.

 

Hyperkalemia is a life-threatening electrolyte disturbance which could lead to arrhythmias and potentially death.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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High mobility group box 1 was associated with thrombosis in patients with atrial fibrillation.
 

Author(s): Qiwen Xu, Lin Bo, Jiaxin Hu, Jin Geng, Yuhan Chen, Xuelin Li, Fu Chen, Jie Song

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Mar;97(13):e0132.

 

High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a member of the HMGB family that is involved in inflammatory disease-related thrombosis. We hypothesize that HMGB1 and its downstream factors are associated with thrombosis in atrial fibrillation (AF).

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Early Recurrence after Longstanding Persistent Atrial Fibrillation Ablation.
 

Author(s): Kei Takayama, Hitoshi Hachiya, Yoshito Iesaka, Kenzo Hirao, Mitsuaki Isobe

Journal: Int Heart J. 2018 Mar;59(2):321-327.

 

Early recurrence (ER) of atrial fibrillation (AF) is common after ablation of longstanding persistent AF. However, optimal timing for repeat ablation has yet to be established.Two-hundred-four patients (mean age 62 ± 9 years) with longstanding persistent AF underwent catheter ablation ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Atrial fibrillation" returned 978 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Wenxin Keli for atrial fibrillation: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Zhuogen He, Minan Zheng, Pingchang Xie, Yuanping Wang, Xia Yan, Dingwei Deng

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Apr;97(17):e0390.

 

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a most common cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice. In China, Wenxin Keli (WXKL) therapy is a common treatment for AF, but its effects and safety remain uncertain. This protocol is to provide the methods used to assess the effectiveness and safety of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Blood transfusion and risk of atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A meta-analysis of cohort studies.
 

Author(s): Shengqun Liu, Zhanwen Li, Zhe Liu, Zhenhua Hu, Gaifang Zheng

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Mar;97(10):e9700.

 

The aim of this study was to systematically evaluate the effect of blood transfusion (BT) on postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) in adult patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery.PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases from inception to January ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Chinese herbal medicine for patients with atrial fibrillation: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Xiaoli Cai, Yuanping Wang, Ziqing Li, Yu Zhang, Dawei Wang, Xia Yan

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Dec;96(50):e9228.

 

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most clinically common cardiac arrhythmia. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely applied in the treatment of AF, However, to our knowledge, there has been no systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trails (RCTs) regarding ...

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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: 7 Dec 2017

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