Can atrial fibrillation be fatal?
Yes, if left untreated atrial fibrillation can lead to a fatal stroke.
Author: Bow Tauro
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia, or heart irregularity, in which the heart beats fast and abnormally.
Some common symptoms of atrial fibrillation include a fast and abnormal heartbeat, 'fluttering' of the heart, chest pains, dizziness or fainting spells.
Atrial fibrillation can be caused by drugs, alcohol, caffeine, surgery, endocrine disorders, high blood pressure, inflammatory arterial diseases and coronary heart disease.
Atrial fibrillation can affect anyone, but is more prevalent in older people.
Atrial fibrillation can be diagnosed using an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart), electrocardiograph (which monitors the electrical activity of the heart), holter monitor (monitors all heartbeats) and event monitor (monitors for abnormal heart …
Atrial fibrillation can be treated by medications, electrical cardioversion (electric shock) or surgery to restore the heart's rhythm.
Atrial fibrillation can treated to remove signs and symptoms. If you have experienced atrial fibrillation, there is a risk that it may come back at a later date.
Recurrent forms of atrial fibrillation can lead to pooling and clotting of blood in the heart. If the blood clot travels to the brain, it may block an artery and cause a stroke.