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Can Atrial Fibrillation Be Cured
Define cured: Atrial fibrillation is a degenerative disease of the upper chamber which results in deposition of microscopic amounts of scar tissue, a generally irreversible process. However, certain procedures such as a surgical maze or catheter ablation can prevent patients from developing the rhythm of atrial fibrillation, or, barring that, the symptoms from the arrhythmia with up to ~70% success. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness ...Read more
Is there a cure for atrial fibrillation? Diagnosed in 2004. Taking medication to control it. Still have flare-ups frequently.
Yes in some cases: Yes in some cases. The medical treatment can be focused on just keep your hear rate low or to try to convert you into normal rhythm. Cardio version is another treatment when you shock the patient under sedation. Procedure wise electro physiologists can do an ablation through the groin. Surgeons can do the ablation preferably minimally invasive through the side or a hybrid procedure - convergent. ...Read more
How safe is a cardiac ablation? Will it help to cure atrial fibrillation? If it does, will I have to continue taking medication
Usually safe: Although many serious complications can occur during an ablation, when performed by a skilled physician with plenty if experience in a good hospital it is usually very safe. When successful an ablation may allow a patient to come off medications prescribed for the arrhythmia which was ablated. Atrial fibrillation is an arrhythmia which can be cured with ablation. ...Read more
Beside taking arrhythmia medicines, what are other option for atrial fibrillation? Does a pace maker or defibrillator cure a fib?
Ablation: Catheter ablation (pulmonary vein isolation) can be curative. Although not curative, an av node ablation in combination with a pacemaker or defibrillator can usually eliminate the symptoms of atrial fibrillation. If you have obstructive sleep apnea using CPAP can greatly improve atrial fibrillation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medications: There are a variety of medications which can either control the heart rate or convert the rhythm back to normal. Sometimes cardioversion is used to correct the heart rhythm. Also in some cases ablation can be done which will correct the abnormal rhythm. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Irregular: Atrial fibrillation occurs when the atria, which deliver blood to the ventricles, receive an abnormal electrical signal and then beat erratically instead of in a coordinated, strong beat. The danger of atrial fibrillation is that the blood in the atria tends to stay there instead of getting pumped fully into the ventricles. This slow moving blood in the atria can then form blood clots. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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