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Do You Treat Vagal Afib Differently
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
Cardiologist says no heart disease or restrictions, but I have vagal afib. Wants to switch my Flecanide to Dysopyramide. What is your opinion? Thanks
Afib: There are various antiarrythmics for the treatment of afib and dysopramide is one of them and these medications may be used to prevent, stop or lower the ventricular response to afib. Anticoagulants May also be prescribed except in very low risk patients. I recommend that you follow your cardiologist's advice as he/she knows all your findings. ...Read more
Post 3 catheter ablations,2nd interrupted due to pericardial effusion. 3rd nearly eliminated Afib, still vagal induced SVT, meals, or position. Ideas?
Absolutely: It all depends where we start. With average or over level of activities of daily living, no advanced disease and overall low fall risk the treatment (and its risks) is acceptable. The main risk derives from the need for anticoagulation, using blood thinners, that by itself is considered high risk treatment regardless of age. ...Read more
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
Medications and such: It depends on if it is chronic or just intermittent. If it is rare, they may just watch it. If it is fast or long lasting, then there are medications that help regulate the heart. It is also good to avoid tobacco, caffeine, and stimulants. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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