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Atrial fibrillation (AF)

Atrial fibrillation or AF is a common condition that can affect upto 10% of the population above the age of 80. It is more common with age. Patients can present with a wide range of symptoms from --no symptoms to shortness of breath and chest pain with or without palpitations.
There are two important things to consider when someone is in AF.
 
1.Should you try to convert the rhythm back to a normal rhythm--or simply control the rate of the heart beat?
 
In patients who have recently gone into AF conversion back to a normal rhythm may be appropriate especially when they have symptoms associated with AF.