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Atrial Fibrillation and Other Arrhythmias
What are atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias?
Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the top chambers of the heart (atria) quiver in a very rapid, irregular pattern. This causes an irregular and rapid heartbeat. More than two million people in the United States have atrial fibrillation, making it a very common heart rhythm disorder. Although it isn't life threatening, atrial fibrillation can lead to other heart problems, fatigue, congestive heart failure or stroke. Episodes of atrial fibrillation may come and go (paroxysmal atrial fibrillation) or they may continue for longer periods of time (persistent atrial fibrillation).
Other common arrhythmias include atrial flutter, sick sinus syndrome, sinus tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation and premature contractions.
What are the risk factors for atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias?
What are the warning signs?
How are atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias diagnosed and treated?
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