Interesting article on A. Fib.
The skeptical cardiologist is asked this question or variations of it (such as what caused me to go out of rhythm?) on a daily basis.
Most patients would like to have a reason for why their atria suddenly decided to fibrillate. It’s understandable. If they could identify the reason perhaps they could stop it from happening again.
There are two variations on this question:
For the patient who has just been diagnosed with afib the question is really “what is the underlying reason for me developing this condition?”
For the patient who has had afib for a while and it comes and goes seemingly randomly the question is “what caused the afib at this time? i.e. what triggers my episodes?”
For most patients, there is no straighforward and simple answer to either one of these questions
The Underlying Cause of Atrial Fibrillation
My stock response to…
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