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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can we do if my mother has been in atrial fibrillation for the last three months?

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Dr. R Hardwin Mead
43 years experience
See a cardiologist!: There are many options for someone in this situation. She may need to consider going on a blood thinner to prevent a blood clot in the heart, as well as medications to control her heart rate. But it is important for her to see a cardiologist, and if possible where you live, a cardiac electrophysiologist who specializes in abnormal heart rhythms.
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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 17 years experience
See a cardiologist: The most important question is what previous treatment has been tried for the atrial fibrillation. If the answer is none, a cardioversion and use of an antiarrhythmic drug may be a reasonable option. If your mother has repeatedly failed this treatment, a cardiac electrophysiologist may be able to assist you.
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