Types of Atrial
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
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)
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
Whichever kind if afib you have there is hope for
you. Get in to see a good Cardiologist/Electophysiologist and
NEVER GIVE UP.
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