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Can AFib cause heart failure?

May 31, 2022

From the Medical News Today website

AFib is the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, meaning it causes an irregular heartbeat. It also causes tachyarrhythmia, which is when the heart beats too quickly. 

AFib is currently the leading cardiac cause of stroke, as it causes blood clots to form in the heart and may break off and travel to the brain. This process, known as paradoxical embolism, can cause a stroke.

Heart failure occurs when the heart causes blood to stop pumping effectively. It can result from any condition restricting the heart from pumping the necessary amount of blood around the body to meet its requirements. 

There are two types. The systolic type develops when the muscular layer and inner layer of the heart, called the myocardium and endocardium, develop faults that stop the heart cavities from filling and ejecting blood in the way they should. The diastolic type occurs when the heart is abnormally stiff and pumps blood at high pressures.

This article explores the link between AFib and heart failure, whether one condition can cause the other, and the risk factors and symptoms of AFib and heart failure.

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