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what are drug treatments for atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Martin Bress
49 years experience Internal Medicine
See below: All patients with atrial fibrillation should be placed on anticoagulants to decrease the risk of blood clots from the atrium. Drugs like warfarin or the newer drugs such as 10a inhibitors are used. Drugs such as beta blockers or calcium channel blockers are used to control the heart rate. Other drugs such as amiodarone or sotalol are used to try to convert atrial fibrillation back to sinus rhythm.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
19 years experience Cardiology
It Varies.: The most important treatment is stroke prevention, which is usually done by medications (aspirin or warfarin). Sometimes rate control medications are used, like metoprolol. If the af is severe enough, stronger anti-arrhythmic medications are used, like propafenone. If these do not work, catheter ablation may be recommended. Pacemaker and av-node ablation may be used as a last resort.
Answered on May 4, 2015
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