Dr. Chovan and Dr. Butz
Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke, Bleeding risks, Blood clot, Irregular heart beat, Anticoagulation
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
According to Shah (2013), Atrial Fibrillation is known as the most common irregular heart beat. Because atrial fibrillation causes a quivering motion of the atria, it causes pooling of blood in the atria. This pooling of blood can lead to the development of blood clots. When a patient develops blood clots, the blood clot can dislodge and cause a stroke. Atrial fibrillation is the leading cause of ischemic stroke and when a patient meets a certain criteria, anticoagulation should be initiated. The clinician should also be aware of the patient's risk for bleeding as this can complicate treatment in protecting a patient from stroke from the irregular heart beat, atrial fibrillation.
Tener, Abby, "Pathophysiolgoly of Atrial Fibrillation" (2018). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. 276.