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Atrial fibrillation

  • Definition: 
    • Atrial fibrillation is a potentially life-threatening condition if it is allowed to persist.  It causes the upper heart chamber (atrium) and/or chambers (atria) to beat at 500-600 times per minute.  This is not compatible with normal mechanical function of the atrium.  As a results, the atrium or atria quiver like a bag of worms rather than function as they should moving blood flow in a coordinated fashion by contracting immediately prior to the larger chambers (ventricles).  The lack of mechanical contraction results in a stagnation of blood flow within the atrium and resultant blood clot formation.
  • Prevention:
    • Caffeinated beverages
    • Decaffeinated beverages
    • Black tea/green tea
    • Alcohol
    • Pseudephedrine
  • Treatments:
    • Warfarin, Coumadin, Jantovan usages
    • In some cases, cardioversion to reset the heart rhythm is available.

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Leonard J.Scuderi, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Disease Specialist
CardioFit Medical Group, Inc.
23456 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 250
Torrance, CA   90505
Phone 310-791-5577
Fax 310-791-
5575