Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is when the upper two heart chambers (atria) beat very rapidly and not in coordination with the lower two chambers (ventricles) of the heart. The symptoms of atrial fibrillation are palpitations, dizziness, sweating, shortness of breath, tiredness, etc. It increases one's risk of stroke, heart failure, and other heart problems.

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Will ablation helps to normalize the size of dilated atrium?

Query: Hello doctor, I have AF for six years. Tried DCC and got sinus rhythm for 12 months, then back to AF six months ago. My echo showed serious left atrium dilation (more than 200% i.e. 180 ml compared to the normal 60 ml) and mild ventricular dilation. 24 hour tape ranges from tachycardia of up to 12...  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through your query. So as ablation can prevent AF (atrial fibrillation) but the return of atrial size to normal is unlikely. The risk due to atrial dilation in AF is due to the formation of blood clots inside left atrial appendage and chance of embolism pr...  Read Full »

Father is suffering from pulmonary hypertension and varicose veins. Is anticoagulant a must?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is a 71-year-old male suffering from pulmonary hypertension and diabetic and varicose vein problem on both legs. I have attached the previous reports summary. Following medications are taken daily. 1. Tadalafil 1---0--0 2. Dytor 10 mg 1--0---0 3. Dytor plus 20 mg 0---1--0...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the icliniq.com. Sorry for your father suffering from atrial fibrillation and pulmonary hypertension. I have read your concern and below is the answer to your question. The leg swelling could be due to irregular use of a diuretic pill that is Dytor. So I suggest not to stop this...  Read Full »

Will anyone get recurrent stroke while on medications?

Query: Hello doctor, My mom had a stroke two years ago related to AFib. They put her on Eliquis, maximum dose. Last week she had another stroke, and they believe it is heart-related. They are still puzzled though and have added a baby Aspirin a day on top of the Eliquis. Has anyone heard of a recurrent st...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Recurrent strokes are very common. As your mom have atrial fibrillation, she must be on regular anticoagulants for prevention of stroke. But as now she has developed new stroke while taking anticoagulants, Its right decision to add ecosprin for further prevention of ...  Read Full »

Can Food Allergies Cause Palpitations? Taking Concor 5 For Heart Palpitations.

Query: Hello doctor, I had my first heart palpitations two years ago. One doctor prescribed me Ciplar LA 20 and Ecospirin 75 for three months. The doctor also suggested Dilzem or Flecarite on SOS basis. I got palpitation even after having the above medicines. Dilzem worked on as needed basis but since it w...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjib K Sahu

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and intermittent ectopic. Food allergies will not cause this problem but if you take spicy food, have lack of sleep, mental or physical stress can aggravate the problem. Usually, these medicines have no or littl...  Read Full »

Do I need to stay on Metocard and Pradaxa lifelong?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a non-diabetic 52 years old male. I was diagnosed with Afib one year ago and since then I have been taking Metocard-XL 100 mg od, Pradaxa 150 mg twice daily, Valzaar SM for hypertension. I have been taking various medicines for BP over the last 10 years. After taking Metocard for abo...  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Valecha

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). According to Holter there is no atrial fibrillation. Your echo is normal with few hypertensive changes and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is normal. Metocard - Metoprolol not ...  Read Full »

Can lightheadedness with abnormal heart rate be due to atrial fibrillation?

Query: Hello doctor, Last weekend, I ended up in the ER department after an overdose on THC capsules. Very scary experience my heart was going crazy, very bad chest pain, shortness of breath, tremor, etc., for about five hours. I had an ECG done in the hospital which said sinus tachycardia. My blood was t...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is possible, but a likely possibility is of ventricular ectopics (or other causes) rather than Afib which could also cause irregular heartbeats on the machine. Even in normal individuals, the machine may falsely show irregular beats. Few points which are agains...  Read Full »

I have AFib, thick spot and fluid in heart. Is there any other treatment than medication?

Query: Hello doctor, What medications would you prescribe if someone has a part of their heart that is not working, AFib, an EF of 25, a thick spot in the heart and is having fluid build up? Is medication the only hope?  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Pillai

Cardiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your query, it appears as if the patient has severe LV dysfunction and on top of that atrial fibrillation. Hence, I would prescribe drugs like beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, aldosterone antagonists and also Amiodarone if the atrial fibrillation is running at a fast r...  Read Full »

How long to continue taking anticoagulant after open heart surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, If I have had an open heart surgery, how long should I take Warfarin for?  Read Full »


Dr. Sukhvinder Singh

Cardiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It depends upon the cause for which the surgery is being done, and what open heart surgery is being done. And if you have any indication for long-term anticoagulation like atrial fibrillation (abnormal heartbeat). I can provide you more insights only after knowing the...  Read Full »

Why is there atrial fibrillation in a patient with stent?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandfather is experiencing atrial fibrillation. He got stents 20 years back.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is nothing to worry about it. It is common in elders and heart patients. There are two aspects of treatment, one is to control the heart, which is already controlled in ECG report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and another is to have blood thi...  Read Full »

There is no improvement in my father's cough. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 67 years old. His past history included pneumonia several years ago, leg cramps once in every two weeks or so and vitamin B helps with it and minor daily coughing of unsure cause. He never smoked and does not drink alcohol. Three and a half weeks ago, he went to the ER due to...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is good to hear that you are concerned and participating in treating your father's health issues. From your description, it looks like he has congestive heart failure. It means the fluid around his heart is causing the Atrial fibrillation and the cough. This is typ...  Read Full »

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