Can Atrial Fibrillation Cause a Heart Attack? Your risk of a heart attack is not increased due to atrial fibrillation, a rapid and irregular heartbeat that can cause symptoms requiring medical attention. It can lead to congestive heart failure or stroke.
This video describes whether atrial fibrillation can cause a heart attack.
Thank you for visiting doctor AFib, I am doctor Morales. In today’s segment, we’re going to be asked answering the question. Can AFib give you a heart attack? Well, the answer to that question is both yes and no and let me explain what I mean by that.
AFib by itself would rarely cause a heart attack. Somebody who has otherwise a normal heart meaning you don’t have any blockages already lives your heart. you’ve never had any stance or bypass surgery so people with an otherwise normal heart very be very unlikely that the AFib would cause a heart attack. Even if your heart rate was going extremely fast.
Now, however, people who have atrial fibrillation. frequently have very common risk factors for having a coronary disease as well. Such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. So it’s very common that people who have a atrial fibrillation especially as they age also have underlying coronary heart disease and may have had either stent put in their heart or had bypass surgery.
In patients who also have other heart conditions like coronary heart disease, episodes of atrial fibrillation when they make their heart rate go very fast and their heart rates going in to 120, 150 or even faster to definitely put a strain on your heart and could sometimes even cause chest pain as well and in those patients who have underlying heart disease.
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