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 6555 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Association between paced QRS duration and atrial fibrillation after permanent pacemaker implantation: A retrospective observational cohort study.
 

Author(s): FuWei Xing, JingZhou Jiang, XiaoLiang Hu, Chong Feng, JianGui He, YuGang Dong, YueDong Ma, AnLi Tang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Feb;97(6):e9839.

 

Right ventricular pacing often results in prolonged QRS duration (QRSd) as the result of right ventricular stimulation, and atrial fibrillation (AF) may result. The association of pacing-induced prolonged QRSd and AF in patients with permanent pacemakers is unknown.We selected 180 ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Role of serum TGF-β1 level in atrial fibrosis and outcome after catheter ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
 

Author(s): Ye Tian, Yubin Wang, Weijie Chen, Yuehui Yin, Mu Qin

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Dec;96(51):e9210.

 

This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between serum transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) concentration and atrial fibrosis and to determine whether plasma TGF-β1 concentration is an independent predictor of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after catheter ablation.We ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Dual Antithrombotic Therapy with Dabigatran after PCI in Atrial Fibrillation.
 

Author(s): Christopher P Cannon, Gregory Y H Lip, Jonas Oldgren

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2018 02;378(5):485-486.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Atrial fibrillation" returned 927 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Can catheter ablation reduce the incidence of thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation?: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Menghui Liu, Yuanping Wang, Xiaohong Chen, Xiaohui Li, Xiaodong Zhuang, Lichun Wang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Dec;96(48):e8479.

 

Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is a major risk factor for thromboembolic events, especially ischemic stroke. Catheter ablation is an effective method to maintain sinus rhythm in patients with AF. Although some observational studies have shown a relatively ...

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Oral anticoagulants for prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation: systematic review, network meta-analysis, and cost effectiveness analysis.
 

Author(s): José A López-López, Jonathan A C Sterne, Howard H Z Thom, Julian P T Higgins, Aroon D Hingorani, George N Okoli, Philippa A Davies, Pritesh N Bodalia, Peter A Bryden, Nicky J Welton, William Hollingworth, Deborah M Caldwell, Jelena Savović, Sofia Dias, Chris Salisbury, Diane Eaton, Annya Stephens-Boal, Reecha Sofat

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 To compare the efficacy, safety, and cost effectiveness of direct acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for patients with atrial fibrillation. Systematic review, network meta-analysis, and cost effectiveness analysis. Medline, PreMedline, Embase, and The Cochrane ...

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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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