Atrial Fibrillation_fall 2012

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Unformatted text preview: etween apical rate and palpable peripheral pulses – Due to varying periods of diastolic filling Not all the beats felt over the heart conduct to the periphery Electrocardiographic Findings Electrocardiographic Findings AF – Absence of discernable P waves See fibrillatory (f) waves instead – Irregularly, irregular rhythm QRS complexes occur in irregular pattern due to random conduction of beats through AV node Electrocardiographic Findings Electrocardiographic Findings AFl – “Sawtooth” pattern – Regular ventricular rhythm Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation www.fastandloud.com/gallery/posts/afib.gif Atrial Flutter Atrial Flutter www.rnceus.com/ekg/aflutter.gif Laboratory Tests Laboratory Tests Echocardiogram – Transthoracic or transesophageal Thrombus formation Valvular disease Size of atria Left ventricular size & function Electrolytes Thyroid function tests Patient Case Patient Case GB is a 52 yo AAM with a PM...
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