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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation [posted 8/5/98]
Answer: Atrial fibrillation is rapid uncontrolled beating of the two upper chambers of the heart - the atria. This can be due to any of several factors: coronary disease, inherited anomalies, hyperthyroidism, etc. Your doctor is giving you correct data concerning treatment. Recurrent atrial tachycardia is also occasionally treated by electrical physiology analysis and ablatement of certain electrical tracts which are responsible for the tachycardia. I agree with the current treatment. If it reoccurs you might also see a electrophysiologist (can be arranged by your doctor).