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What Is Proximal Afib
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
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
Numerous: There are a number of things that can lead to the electrical short in the upper chambers of your heart that leads to a. Fib. Too many to list here, but this is a nice link summing it up: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/atrial-fibrillation/ds00291/dsection=causes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Meds or ablation: Anti-arrhythmic meds, which alter electrical properties of the heart, can suppress afib. The potential toxicities of these meds mandates careful selection by an experienced cardiologist. Catheter ablation can eliminate afib in 60-80% of people (with 1 to 2 procedures). Weight loss in heavy patients can sometimes help, especially if underlying sleep apnea is present, a common driving force of afib. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Relativity: There are no perfect treatments for af. The most effective, amiodarone, unfortunately has the most serious long term toxicity. The problem with all other meds (except simple beta blockers and calcium blockers) is that they can cause other, more life threatening arrhythmias. The most important risk factor is the presence of cad. Other than that, trial and error is the best bet (with exceptions). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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