A 37-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

what are the treatments for atrial fibrillation?

3 doctor answers
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Several: New- blood thinning and cardio version, heart rate controlling drugs. Age and other chronic medical conditions will likely guide your therapy also.
Answered on Jun 15, 2018
4
4 thanks
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 Aug 4, 2018
10
10 thanks
Dr. Waseem Barham
13 years experience Internal Medicine
3 things: 1) Stroke prevention: nothing vs. blood thinner vs. aspirin depending on total score for stroke risk. 2) Rate control: with meds to goal heart rate 80-110 bpm when in AF if that controls symptoms. 3) Rhythm control: for symptomatic AF. Can be achieved with meds or ablation procedure. Success rates of either are not 100% yet. Ablation can be offered from the get go and not wait till meds fail.
Answered on Aug 17, 2019

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Several: There are medications to keep the heart in a normal rhythm after a shock to restore the normal rhythm. It is also possible just to leave the patient i ... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
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 t ... Read More
5
5 thanks
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajat Jhanjee
19 years experience Cardiology
Yes: There are multiple ways to treat atrial fibrillation: 1. Control the heart rate with medications that control the heart rate. 2. Try to convert patien ... Read More
11
11 thanks
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
Anticoag + rate cont: Anticoagulation and rate control with PO meds.
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month