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Can I Die From Atrial Fibrillation?

Can I Die From Atrial Fibrillation :

While atrial fibrillation may be associated with several potentially fatal conditions, it does not normally cause death. It is usually possible for a person with atrial fibrillation to adapt to living with it.

What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Is Having High Blood Pressure DangerousIn a person suffering from atrial fibrillation, the two upper chambers of the heart beat out of rhythm due to problems in the heart’s electrical system. They quiver and this results in a rapid and irregular heartbeat. In someone suffering from this condition, the heart rate may be as high as 175 beats per minute, whereas in someone without the condition the heart rate is only between 60 and 100 beats per minute.

Potentially Fatal Conditions Arising From Atrial Fibrillation
One potential problem with atrial fibrillation is the possibility of blood pooling in the upper chambers of the heart. When blood is not flowing it can clot, and with blood clots there is the possibility of pieces breaking off and traveling to the brain, causing a stroke. Sufferers of atrial fibrillation face a a risk of stroke that is considerably higher than that of people who do not have the condition. Taking blood thinning medication can substantially reduce the risk of strokes from blood clots.

In some cases atrial fibrillation can weaken the heart, reducing its ability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. In this situation the body may retain fluid in the lungs, a condition called pulmonary edema. If this happens, the person with atrial fibrillation is at risk of heart or respiratory failure.

Studies have shown that sufferers of atrial fibrillation are more likely to develop various forms of dementia (including Alzheimer’s Disease) than people who do not have the condition. Other studies have shown that having dementia doubles the patient’s risk of death within six years of diagnosis.

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