Why did I get Atrial Fibrillation?
No one has the answer but we know there are different disease states that are associated with AF. Having heart failure, high blood pressure, getting older, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, or being a woman.
If I have Atrial Fibrillation will my kids get this also?
It is unlikely that you have hereditary AF and more likely that your AF is related to some other diseases.
Can a pacemaker prevent Atrial Fibrillation?
No. A pacemaker is used to make sure that your heart always has a heart beat and in general used to treat patients who have slow heart rhythms not fast ones. In some circumstances a pacemaker may be needed if you have very fast heart beats but also slow heart beats. If you do get a pacemaker it would allow for medication to be used for your atrial fibrillation to slow down or control the abnormal heart rhythm. In most cases medications or a procedure called an ablation can be used to stop the atrial fibrillation.
Can I die from Atrial Fibrillation ?
It is very unusual to die from Atrial Fibrillation but having AF does but you at 4-5 times higher risk of death than those people who do not have AF.
Is there anything I can do to prevent having Atrial Fibrillation ?
Living heart healthy is important and it involves a balanced diet, regular exercise and avoidance of high risk activities.
There is some research that certain medications may actually prevent atrial fibrillation in patients.
There is no need to avoid caffeine but your caffeine should be restricted to one cup of coffee per day or two cups of tea a day.
Why do you have a website on this?
I have made a website for patients directed for patients because as a physician treating people I want them to have access to information. I also routinely communicate to my patients directly through my cell phone and felt this would be a good resource for them. My interest is getting people better.