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A 32-year-old member asked:

How can i best take care of atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Behzad Pavri
Cardiac Electrophysiology 35 years experience
Depends... : Treatment of af depends on the type of af, the age of the patient, the presence or absence of underlying heart disease, and patient's personal preferences (more medications vs. Procedural approach (ablation). You should discuss this with your doctor or an electrophysiologist.
Dr. Daniel Zanger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Agree
Apr 7, 2013
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
That Depends: 2 strategies: rate and rhythm control. For rate control, Diltiazem is generally slightly more effective than beta blockers like metoprolol. For rhythm control, drugs work for some. Among these, amiodarone and Dofetilide are the most effective for long-term control, but each has serious concerns. Catheter ablation has a ~4% risk of major complications, but is more effective than any drug therapy.

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A 51-year-old member asked:

What medicines are best for atrial fibrillation?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Atrial fibrillation: We have a variety of medications we use for afib. First we need to diagnose that its there and why before we choose medications. We have anticoagulants, rate control medications and rhythm modulating medications. There are multiple choices for each with advantages and disadvantages to each. There is no one 'best', we choose depending on the patient's status and individualize for each.

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