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Did You Know That Chinese Herbs Can Easily Treat Atrial Fibrillation
Who knows: Herbs are good for many illnesses and ailments, I'm sure. However, our profession is based on scientific data, and as long as there are no prospective, double blind, placebo controlled trials proving benefit, you are asking us to give you bottled water for a cancerous tumor because it's been proven to make river rocks get smaller... ...Read more
Slow down the heart: Beta blockers and digoxin are often used first to slow down the heart when there is rapid heart rate of af. In some patients, electric shocks can be utilized to convert the irregular rate of af to normal. In most all cases, blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) and new drugs like Pradaxa are utilized to reduce the risk of blood clots forming inside the heart and causing complications such as strokes. ...Read more
Persistent a fib: You should see a cardiologist to have a workup to see if a treatable cause for the atrial fibrillation can be found. If The cardiologist can also recommend appropriate treatments for rate and rhythm control and if appropriate for anticoagulation also. Some folks require drug therapy, some will benefit by ablation of the arrhythmia. ...Read more
Variable: These medications are older antiarrythmics that have been around for decades and may suppress af. They must be used very cautiously and only by very experienced cardiologists, due to their potential to actually cause potentailly life threatening ventricular arrythmias in certain patients - called a pro-arrthymic effect. Newer medications have been shown to be both safer and more effective. ...Read more
Three options: Generally speaking, we can attempt to control the rate, we can attempt to keep you in a normal rhythm with medications, or we can attempt a long-term tour of the rhythm using a catheter ablation. There are also surgical treatment for the arrhythmias, but these are generally not first-line treatments unless you have another reason to have heart surgery. ...Read more
(1) Is bisoprolol used to treat atrial fibrillation? (2) If a person becomes hypotensive e.g.102/55, 102/68, & 106/63 should he stop using bisoprolol?
Yes: This beta blocker is used to treat or control the ventricular response to atrial fibrillation. It can lower blood pressure and, of course, slow the ventricular rate too much (below 60). If you're experiencing side effects, discuss this with your physician or cardiologist who may lower the dose of prescribe another beta blocker or even switch to digoxin although this medication is less popular now. ...Read more
I understand that atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia. Is ablation used to treat only afib or other arrhythmia conditions?
Eectrophysiologist: I agree that an electrophysiologist wil provide the best information regarding catheter ablation. It is important to ask questions regarding outcomes and success rates. I would recommend a university setting for this type of ablation that will provide the best staff as well as equipment. ...Read more
Is there documented relationship between degenerative spinal diseases like disc prolapse and atrial fibrillation how to treat this?
There is no relation: Ship to the 2 diseases.Get a more detailed answer ›
Mother in law has atrial fibrillation but cannot handle blood thinners (they cause her bleeding issues). What else can treat Atrial fib besides blood thinners?
Blood thinners are used mainly for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. There are numerous proposed personal scores/scales based on which they are recommended. The bleeding risk is usually the limiting factor in the use of blood thinners.
Atrial fibrillation treatment is a different topic and it involves mainly controlling the heart rate/ heart rhythm. ...Read more
Arrhythmias: Atrial fibrillation (afib) is the most common sustained rhythm abnormality. It's characterized by an irregular heart rate. The upper chambers of the heart (atrium) do not beat but quiver. Many people don't notice it. But many do. It can lead to strokes in some patients so blood thinners are important. It can be treated with medications, ablation thru iv's in the groin or surgery. See a cardiologis. ...Read more
Atrial fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation, or afib, is a very common rhythm disturbance, the most common in this country. It is most often associated with hypertension, but can also be associated with valvular disease specifically mitral valve disease. It can be treated with either rate control or converting back to the normal sinus rhythm. Patient are often placed on blood thinners to prevent complications. ...Read more
It can be: If afib is difficult to treat ie unable to convert patient to normal rythm or unable to slow rate down with medicines, or perhapse the patient can't tolerate the medications to treat the problem, a person can be disabled. Pts with pre existing heart problems may not tolerate afib as well. Ablation therapy is not always effective and some patients may need a pacemaker. Just depends on pt ...Read more
Only if…: Only if the atrial rate is conducted in a very rapid fashion to the lower chamber. Your heart has built-in protection to keep this from happening. However, patients with a condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White sometimes lack this protection and under the right circumstances can die as a result of atrial fibrillation. ...Read more
EKG /Physical exam: Different ways. Listening to the heart there is obvious irregular rhythm with irregular rate. The electrocardiogram is diagnostic. Some times atrial fibrillation may appeared transiently or paroxystically. A holter monitor or cardiac monitor could show the characteristic features of the EKG changes. ...Read more
Read...: As per epocrates: CAD (coronary disease) hypertension, heart failure, valvular disease, pericardial and pleural diseases, diabetes, thyroid disorders, disorders of the lung, and advanced age are known risk factors for the development of acute af. However, af may occur in the absence of any underlying cardiac or noncardiac diseases, for example, as a result of heavy alcohol intake. ...Read more
Food can affect meds: Afib is a rythm that can be very fast and can cause a stroke from blod clots going to the brain. Many patients are on Coumadin (warfarin) a blood thinner that works through vitamin k. So if the patient eats green leafy veges and other foods high in vitamin k, it can reverse the Coumadin (warfarin) and make pt suseptable to stroke. Foods and items high in caffiene like coffee chocolate etc can stimulate the heart rate. ...Read more
It depends on: A number of factors. Most people will feel an irregular and skipping or racing sensation in their chest. If the heart rate is too fast or the heart is very weak, you may feel short of breath, weak or even chest pressure. Many people have atrial fibrillation with no obvious symptoms. ...Read more
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