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Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. A normal heart rate ranges between 60 - 100 bpm.

Presentation

For some people it could be asymptomatic, but most people have palpitations, feeling faint and uneasy, sweaty, and clammy.

Severe symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath and loss of consciousness.

Treatment

AF could go unnoticed and could be unharmful, but it some conditions it could be symptomatic and life threatening.

An ECG would be needed to identify the condition then the doctors would look for causes which could be reversible.

The initial treatment would be to ensure there is no infection which could also be a cause hence antibiotics given.

Most medications used help slow the heart rate below 100.Medications also used to prevent stroke which could be caused by atrial fibrillation.

Cardioversion and ablation could also be done to reverse the condition and a cardiologist would normally be involved.

When do you get in touch with Sandsclinic?

If you have any palpitation or any of the above condition, we could investigate and treat or refer to a cardiologist.