Ask A Doctor: What Is The Life Expectancy Of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation?

microsoft, ask a doctor: what is the life expectancy of patients with atrial fibrillation?

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Expert opinion from Azhar Rao

MBBS · 6 years of experience · India

Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition in which patients experience irregular heartbeat, which might even lead to a stroke and even heart attack. Life expectancy of patients suffering from atrial fibrillation decrease by 2 years. However, early detection might help in better treatment and for living a longer life. Life expectancy of these patients has increased by one year after 1970s, so this can be seen as an achievement over the past decades. Exercising regularly, eating healthy, maintaining healthy body weight and controlling blood pressure might help increase the life expectancy of patients with atrial fibrillation.

Expert opinion from Howard E. Lewine

M.D. Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing · 40 years of experience · USA

Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart’s electrical system goes awry. Instead of the heart’s natural pacemaker creating a steady beat, the heart’s upper chambers (atria) pulsate rapidly. Most of the electrical impulses telling the lower chambers (ventricles) to contract don’t get through; but many do, triggering an irregular heartbeat. A person appropriately treated for atrial fibrillation who otherwise has a normal heart has close to the similar life expectancy as someone with a normal heart rhythm. The prognosis for someone with underlying heart disease would be most dependent on the severity of the heart condition.

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Expert opinion from Alex T. Thomas

MD · 40 years of experience · USA

The condition reduces the life expectancy of the patients by 2 years on average.

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