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Types of Atrial Fibrillation

What Type of Afib Do You Have?

Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia in patients over 50, it is also the most complex and difficult to categorize.

The causes of afib are not completely understood and so the different types of atrial fibrillation are sometimes mis-diagnosed or they may overlap one another.

The way in which allows certain types of atrial fibrillation are able to continue in a self-sustaining manner has not yet been completely explained.

Not all types of afib are easily diagnosed, and many people, doctors included, simply do not understand the prevalence, severity and risks of atrial fibrillation.

Recognized Categories of Afib(AF) Include:

  • Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (AF) - The abnormal electrical signals and quickened heart rate begin suddenly and then stop on their own.  Patients may experience mild or severe symptoms.  Symptoms can last for just a few seconds or minutes, or persist for hours, and even days.  Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation generally originates from the junction of the pulmonary veins within the left atrium (the left upper chamber of the heart).

  • Persistent Atrial Fibrillation (AF) - in this case the atrial fibrillation only stops when the patient receives treatment.  Treatment may be surgical, with medicine, electrical shock (Cardioversion) or a combination of these.

  • Permanent Atrial Fibrillation (AF) now mostly refereed to as Longstanding Persistent Atrial Fibrillation as most Afib can now be cured by ablation or surgery.

You may hear doctors refer to Atrial Fibrillation in some other terms related to the above types of afib such as:

  • Acute-onset atrial fibrillation - atrial fibrillation that has started suddenly, or gotten worse.
  • Post-operative atrial fibrillation - AF that may happen after surgery. Generally, it stops by itself. Sometimes the patients may require treatment.

Whichever kind if afib you have there is hope for you. Get in to see a good Cardiologist/Electophysiologist and

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