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What are the 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. Waseem Barham
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 3 things

1) Stroke prevention: nothing vs.
blood thinner vs. aspirin depending on total score for stroke risk. 2) Rate control: with meds to goal heart rate 80-110 bpm when in AF if that controls symptoms. 3) Rhythm control: for symptomatic AF. Can be achieved with meds or ablation procedure. Success rates of either are not 100% yet. Ablation can be offered from the get go and not wait till meds fail.

In brief: 3 things

1) Stroke prevention: nothing vs.
blood thinner vs. aspirin depending on total score for stroke risk. 2) Rate control: with meds to goal heart rate 80-110 bpm when in AF if that controls symptoms. 3) Rhythm control: for symptomatic AF. Can be achieved with meds or ablation procedure. Success rates of either are not 100% yet. Ablation can be offered from the get go and not wait till meds fail.
Dr. Waseem Barham
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Several

New- blood thinning and cardio version, heart rate controlling drugs.
Age and other chronic medical conditions will likely guide your therapy also.

In brief: Several

New- blood thinning and cardio version, heart rate controlling drugs.
Age and other chronic medical conditions will likely guide your therapy also.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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