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Does atrial fib (AF) shorten one's life span?

submitted by Steve from Ponder, Texas on 9/14/2011

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Mehdi Razavi, MD     

Mehdi Razavi, MDThe answer is " it depends".  If adequate anticoagulation and heart rate control are achieved, the answer is NO. Otherwise, the answer is YES. Also remember that AF [atrial fibrillation] is seen in sicker hearts so those patients with AF may live shorter lives, not necessarily because they have AF, but rather because AF is a marker of disease.       

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