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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for atrial fibrillation?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Several: New- blood thinning and cardio version, heart rate controlling drugs. Age and other chronic medical conditions will likely guide your therapy also.
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 20 years experience
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.
Dr. Waseem Barham
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
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.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Are there any new treatments for atrial fibrillation?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rajat Jhanjee
Cardiology 20 years experience
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 patients in nornal rhythm and keep them in normal rhythm with medications specific for that purpose. 3. Minimize the risk of a stroke with medications that thin the blood 4. If medications fail, patients can undergo a procedure called catheter ablation.
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A 16-year-old member asked:

What are drug treatments for atrial fibrillation?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
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.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Which treatments control atrial fibrillation?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
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 in fibrillation and give medication to prevent the heart from beating too rapidly. Either way, anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin or dabigatran might be needed to prevent clots depending on how many risk fractors are present. If not many, aspirin.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the non-drug treatments for Atrial fibrillation?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The non drug treatments for Atrial fibrillation include:: Watchful waiting, Cardioversion, Cardiac ablation.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Are there any permanent treatments for acute atrial fibrillation?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Atrial fibrillation: There are no 100% permanently effective treatments for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, there are however very effective treatments.

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