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1. Can one die from atrial fibrillation?
One episode of atrial fibrillation is not fatal. Repeated episodes of atrial fibrillation may increase the risk of a developing strokes which can be fatal.
2. Is atrial fibrillation a medical emergency?
Some episodes of atrial fibrillation come and go, but persistent episodes require treatment. Although, atrial fibrillation is not a life threatening disorder, during acute episodes, emergency treatment is necessary.
3. Can atrial fibrillation cause heart attack?
Atrial fibrillation does not cause a heart attack, although it may lead to long term damage to the heart. Single episodes of atrial fibrillations may not be fatal but recurrent episodes increase the chances of a stroke.
4. How is atrial fibrillation different from atrial flutter?
Atrial flutter is very similar to atrial fibrillation as both affect the normal rhythm of the heart. In atrial flutter, the rhythm is less chaotic and more organized than atrial fibrillation. Some patients of atrial fibrillation may also develop atrial flutter and vice versa.
5. Can a patient with atrial fibrillation do adventure sports?
Physical activity is said to help patients with atrial fibrillation and they can start activity right away. Before engaging in adventure sports, it is recommended to consult a cardiologist to run prior tests to deem you fit.