Atrial Fibrillation Case Studies

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Since Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) the symptoms are very similar to that of a heart attack. Such as angina pectoris (chest pain), shortness of breath (SOB), irregular pulse, feeling tired and weak, fast heart rate, and quivering feeling in chest. Chest pain occur due to the fact that the heart is having many extra activities within the atrium and that the myocardium (muscles in the heart) in not receiving oxygenated blood because it is not being delivered. Which then causes the rest of the body to become fatigue due to the lack of oxygen the organs are receiving. When low level of oxygen is picked up by the chemoreceptors (special cells that notes the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide) and it signals the medulla oblongata which controls the breathing rate and the heart rate.…show more content…
The dilation of the blood vessels will increase the demand for oxygen which then will cause the respiratory system to raise the respiration rate in order to bring in more oxygen which then results to shortness of breath (SOB). Also, the change in the blood vessels will be picked up by the stretch receptors in the heart which will cause the heart to beat with more pressure and to beat faster. Although these common are seen through many Atrial Fibrillation patients. A variety of patients with Atrial Fibrillation doesn’t experience any of the symptoms that are listed above. These patients just tend to show no symptoms of Atrial Fibrillations until they undergo a variety of tests and procedures that is used in order for a patient to be diagnose with Atrial

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