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Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Persistent atrial fibrillation means that episodes of the irregular heart rhythm last longer and often don't go away on their own. If an episode lasts more than 7 days, it is called persistent atrial fibrillation.

Treatment with medicine or cardioversion can restore a normal rhythm. This normal rhythm may last for several weeks or longer before atrial fibrillation happens again.

Last Revised: December 14, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology

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