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If the patient I'm caring for has Rapid Atrial Fibrillation and Dyspnea, why is she being prescribed heparin?

The patient I looked after today has rapid atrial fibrillation and dyspnea meaning she has a fast irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, jaundice and really rapid breathing. When listening to her lungs, you can hear crackling and squeeking. Why is heparin being prescribed?

Heparin is a blood thinner and is used to prevent clots. Because your patient has rapid AF, the heart is beating so irregular that sometimes the blood pools in certain chambers of the heart and heparin prevents that clots from forming in those areas. I would assume your patient is also on Digoxin which will slow the heart beat.  (+ info)

Atrial Fibrillation - How do you deal with the fatigue??

I've had atrial fib for 2 years and for those 2 years have been so exhausted all the time. I'm 34 & I no longer have a life as I'm too tired to do anything! Suggestions to combat fatigue please.

B-12 sublingual tablets (melt under your tongue) 500mgs.
CoEnzyme Q10 in oil based gel caps. 120mgs.
Both available over the counter, both help to increase your energy levels.  (+ info)

what is the connection between working out and atrial fibrillation & lactic acid. how can it be helped?

It seems for me that, the artial fibrillation episode occurs during the early morning after having done some exercise the day before. The irregular heart beat lasts about 5 hours and then it goes back to normal. Is this related to lactic acid in the blood stream? Are there homeopathic, or natural ways to deal with this and thus prevent the episode of irregular heart beat; or is there treatment to take during the atrial fib? Or can some kind of exercise help while it is occuring which will help the heart go back to its normal pace? Why is it that the episode seems to last about 5 hours each time it happens? Thank you

PLEASE tell me you are on some kind of anticoagulant! If you truly have afib, and your episodes last for 5 hours a day...My gosh I am worried about you throwing a clot!!

It could be a electrolyte imbalance secondary to working out and sweating off some of your important electrolytes, especially potassium. It just may not present itself until later.

Anyway, you should talk to your cardiologist about this. Good luck.  (+ info)

What's the difference between paroxysmal arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation?

I've done some research on both of these but they just seem the same to me. What's the difference? Which is worse? How do you treat them? Are either caused genetically?

A paroxysmal arrhythmia is just any kind of arrhythmia that comes and goes--atrial fibrillation can be paroxysmal. Atrial fibrillation is a specific arrhythmia where your atria don't contract, they just sort of quiver. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with medication, ablation, or surgery. Sometimes it requires anticoagulation as well.  (+ info)

HOCM patient in India with Atrial Fibrillation?

HI, I am 50 yrs old having this problem,does anybody know a specialist in HOCM.?Any hospital in India treating Atrial Fibrillation by ablation technique and having good sucess rate ?

For atrial fibrillation follow these techniques and you will be back to normal health.
The breathing exercises - pranayam is a holistic approach creating extra oxygen supply in the body and will slowly help with the health problem.Do the pranayam to see the benefits.Build up your timing slowly and after two weeks at the suggested duration you will start to notice benefits.

Bhastrika - Take a long deep breath into the lungs(chest not tummy) via the nose and then completely breathe out through the nose.Duration upto 5 minutes.

Kapalbhati -(Do it before eating) Push air forcefully out through the nose about once per second. Stomach will itself go in(contract in). The breathing in(through the nose) will happen automatically. Establish a rhythm and do for upto 30 minutes twice a day.(Max 60 min/day) Not for pregnant women. Seriously ill people do it gently.

Anulom Vilom - Deep Breath-in through left nostril keeping right nostril closed
then - Breath-out through right nostril keeping left nostril closed
then -Deep Breath-in through right nostril keeping left nostril closed
then - Breath-out through left nostril keeping right nostril closed
and repeat this cycle for upto 30 minutes twice a day(maximum 60 min/day).

Bhramri Pranayam -Close eyes. Close ears with thumb, index finger on forehead, and rest three fingers on base of nose touching eyes. Breathe in through nose. And now breathe out through nose while humming like a bee.
Duration : 5 to 10 times
Only by doing you will benefit and will feel good that you can do something to help the body.Copy and print this to master the technique.This is simplified pranayam for everyone and you do not have to go to classes to learn. This is for life unlike short term classes where you do it in the class then stop when classes are over.  (+ info)

How does Tyramine cause Atrial Fibrillation?

I'm trying to figure out how Tyramine-rich foods can cause atrial fibrillation...can anyone help me with this?

Tyramine is an amine which causes elevated blood pressure and tachycardia by displacing norepinephrine from storage vesicles. Tyramine is generally produced by decarboxylation of the amino acid tyrosine during fermentation of food products. All protein-rich foods which have been matured will contain more tyramine depending on the temperature and how long they have been stored. Properly refrigerated foods will not be affected.

The amount required to cause a 30mmHg increase in diastolic blood pressure is referred to as TYR30, and generally averages around 500mg in an unmedicated, healthy individual. A class of antidepressants called MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) can increase the sensitivity to tyramine if taken orally. If sufficient quantities of tyramine are ingested, hypertensive crises may occur, potentially causing stroke or cardiac arrythmia. There is significant evidence that tyramine may trigger migraines in sensitive individuals.

Pasted from wiki to save time.  (+ info)

Does an atrial fibrillation mean a person only has a few years left?

Is this a sign that the end is near? How long can you live with one?

its not fatal if u get treatment  (+ info)

What is the difference between atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter?

Atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation are very similar. In both arrhythmias, the atria beat much faster than normal. The main difference is that the atria beat regularly in atrial flutter and irregularly in atrial fibrillation.

In atrial fibrillation, the atria are stimulated to contract very quickly and differently from the normal pattern. The impulses are sent to the ventricles in an irregular pattern. This makes the ventricles beat abnormally, leading to an irregular (and usually fast) pulse.

In atrial flutter, the ventricles may beat very fast, but in a regular pattern.

Controlled A-Fib is a rate of 100 or less. Uncontrolled A-Fib is a rate greater than 100.

A-Flutter is a regular rhythm and rate is usually under 100.

Atrial flutter is usually temporary. Typically, it either goes away (with or without treatment) or changes into another arrhythmia, usually atrial fibrillation. Sometimes atrial fibrillation is intermittent. But it can become constant, with no periods of normal heart rhythm.  (+ info)

What is in Mexican Food that could trigger Atrial Fibrillation?

My husband has A-Fib that is controlled with medication but whenever we eat at a Mexican Restaurant he has signs of the arrythmia. Any ideas what is causing that?

spices !  (+ info)

what are the indications of antiarrhytmic therapy in chronic atrial fibrillation? Please mention the source.?

Rhythm control is an important treatment strategy in atrial fibrillation. What are the indications to use them & for how long?

rhythm control is not an important treatment strategy in atrial fibrillation. rate control is.

Wyse DG, Waldo AL, DiMarco JP, Domanski MJ, Rosenberg Y, Schron EB, Kellen JC, Greene HL, Mickel MC, Dalquist JE, Corley SD (2002). "A comparison of rate control and rhythm control in patients with atrial fibrillation". N Engl J Med 347 (23): 1825-33. PMID 12466506

I can give you indications for rate control, rhythm control doesnt do jack.  (+ info)

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