- Dysrhythmia characterized by seemingly disorganized atrial depolarizations without effective atrial contraction
- Caused by multiple re-entrant waveforms within the atria
- Atrial rate ranges from 350–600 beats per minute (bpm)
- Decrease in cardiac output with 3-fold risk of heart failure
- Prone to embolus formation with 5-fold risk of stroke
- Most common clinical arrhythmia:
- Prevalence increasing with age
- Systemic disease:
- Chronic pulmonary disease
- Pulmonary embolus
- Drugs (e.g., sympathomimetics)
- Acute alcohol ingestion (holiday heart syndrome)
- Electrolyte disturbance
- Thyroid disease
- Underlying cardiac disease:
- Valvular disease, especially mitral
- Sick sinus syndrome
- Myocardial contusion
- Congenital heart disease
- Absence of any known etiologic factor
- No clinical or echocardiographic evidence of heart disease
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