Atrial Fibrillation Quiz Answers

  1. Atrial fibrillation is a hereditary problem.
    False. The causes of atrial fibrillation are not clearly understood. Although some cases are believed to be hereditary, it is not by nature a hereditary issue. 
  2. If you’re already taking blood pressure medications and exercising regularly, you shouldn’t get atrial fibrillation.
    False. Atrial fibrillation can develop in people regardless of their health status. 
  3. If you have or develop atrial fibrillation, you’ll definitely feel it.
    False. Although some people feel a flutter in their heartbeat or shortness of breath, others are totally unaware they have a-fib. If you feel fatigue, weakness or general malaise, it’s a good idea to discuss it with your doctor. Atrial fibrillation is most commonly diagnosed by taking an electrocardiogram (EKG) of your heart.
  4. Once diagnosed, the goal of treatment for atrial fibrillation is to eradicate it.
    False. Although treatment can relieve all the manifest signs of atrial fibrillation, there is no absolute cure for atrial fibrillation. The goal of treatment is to decrease the frequency of occurrences, and when they do occur, to decrease the duration of the episodes. 
  5. If you’re diagnosed and treated for atrial fibrillation, you can resume doing just about any activity you used to do.
    True. Within reason, most people can resume their normal activities, including exercise, after treatment for atrial fibrillation.

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