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A 39-year-old female asked:

Mother in law has atrial fibrillation but cannot handle blood thinners( they cause her bleeding issues). what else can treat atrial fib besides blood thinners?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kaveh Karandish
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Ablation: she can be seen by a EP cardiologist to be evaluated for atrial ablation. she may or may not be a good candidate. also based on her risk factors rate control with B-blockers (IE metoprolol) may suffice as a proper treatment for A fibrilation.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Prevention/treatment: Blood thinners are used mainly for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. There are numerous proposed personal scores/scales based on which they are recommended. The bleeding risk is usually the limiting factor in the use of blood thinners. Atrial fibrillation treatment is a different topic and it involves mainly controlling the heart rate/ heart rhythm.
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Quite a few!: without directly reviewing the patients full history, labs, etc. I cannot give specific medical advice BUT there has been an entirely new group of treatments and might be less risky for some patients. https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Arrhythmia/AboutArrhythmia/Atrial-Fibrillation-Medications_UCM_423781_Article.jsp dabigitran.

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