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Author: Elizabeth Hunt
Date: September 2012
Journal: Nursing Standard
Issue: Volume 27, Number 1
Keywords: Atrial fibrillation
A learning zone article helped Elizabeth Hunt to deepen her clinical knowledge of atrial fibrillation. I encountered atrial fibrillation for the first time on a recent clinical placement. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an abnormal heart rhythm that results in deterioration of the atrial mechanical function. During AF the atria discharge at 350-600 beats per minute. The atrio-ventricular node attempts to protect the ventricles from the rapid heartbeats by blocking many of the atrial electrical signals and transmitting only up to 200 beats per minute to the ventricles.
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