AFib: Pathophysiology & Complications


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How does AFib cause a heart to beat so fast?

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1. If AFib is caused by focal activation, the abnormal impulses may be generated from which one of the following?

2. AFib can also be caused by 'multiple wavelets', which means there are multiple areas generating abnormal impulses. The multiple wavelets occur in which one of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of AFib pathophysiology. Topics you'll need to recall to pass the quiz include how AFib causes a heart to beat fast and the cause of abnormal impulses.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • When multiple wavelets occur
  • The causes of abnormal impulses
  • Why AFib can cause heart failure
  • How AFib causes a rapid heartbeat
  • What can happen if a blood clot travels to the brain

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about why AFib can cause heart failure
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about what can happen if a blood clot travels to the brain
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding AFIb pathophysiology and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

If you have an interest in learning more about AFib, review the lesson titled, AFib: Pathophysiology & Complications. The lesson covers these objectives:

  • Learn about what occurs with a normal heartbeat
  • Recall what occurs when the heart is not functioning properly and there is an irregular heartbeat
  • Identify the different complications that can arise with AFib