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Im aware that it was originally believed that Atrial Fibrillation

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I'm aware that it was originally believed that Atrial Fibrillation could not cause cardiac arrest, apart from extremely rare circumstances. However I'm also aware that recent studies have appeared to show that this is not the case at all, and that AF can cause/is linked to a higher risk of cardiac arrest. So what is the case really?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
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Dr. David :

we see afib in older patients in their 70s and 80s.

Dr. David :

these patients who have part problems and have afib, do have a risk for cardiac risk as well.

Dr. David :

we don't see afib typically in patients who are in their 20s.

Customer:

Oh okay. I just wondered as I've recently be diagnosed as possibly having it through a 24-hour ECG test. Am due to have an exercise tolerance test done at my local hospital in the next few weeks.

Dr. David :

I doubt you will be found to have afib.

Dr. David :

why do you say you possibly have afib?

Dr. David :

an EKG can tell if you have afib or not.

Customer:

You're right, got the two mixed up. I had a 24-hour EKG test done recently and it picked up (I am quoting the letter sent to me by my doctor, who they recieved from the cardiologist) saying the EKG 'shows normal sinus rhythm throughout with some premature atrial beats and compensatory pause'. Am I wrong in thinking that is AF?

Dr. David :

that is not afib.

Dr. David :

that is normal sinus rhythm

Customer:

Oh okay. I got confused by the 'premature atrial beats' part. Thankyou for your help.

Dr. David :

you are welcome

Dr. David :

let me know if you have other questions

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