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What are drug treatments for atrial fibrillation?
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: It Varies.
The most important treatment is stroke prevention, which is usually done by medications (aspirin or warfarin).
Sometimes rate control medications are used, like metoprolol. If the af is severe enough, stronger anti-arrhythmic medications are used, like propafenone. If these do not work, catheter ablation may be recommended. Pacemaker and av-node ablation may be used as a last resort.

In brief: It Varies.
The most important treatment is stroke prevention, which is usually done by medications (aspirin or warfarin).
Sometimes rate control medications are used, like metoprolol. If the af is severe enough, stronger anti-arrhythmic medications are used, like propafenone. If these do not work, catheter ablation may be recommended. Pacemaker and av-node ablation may be used as a last resort.
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
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All patients with atrial fibrillation should be placed on anticoagulants to decrease the risk of blood clots from the atrium. Drugs like warfarin or the newer drugs such as 10a inhibitors are used.
Drugs such as beta blockers or calcium channel blockers are used to control the heart rate. Other drugs such as amiodarone or sotalol are used to try to convert atrial fibrillation back to sinus rhythm.

In brief: See below
All patients with atrial fibrillation should be placed on anticoagulants to decrease the risk of blood clots from the atrium. Drugs like warfarin or the newer drugs such as 10a inhibitors are used.
Drugs such as beta blockers or calcium channel blockers are used to control the heart rate. Other drugs such as amiodarone or sotalol are used to try to convert atrial fibrillation back to sinus rhythm.
Dr. Martin Bress
Dr. Martin Bress
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