What does someone implant to control atrial fibrillation?

Not much. In reality, there are no implants that are commonly used to control atrial fibrillation. There used to be atrial defibrillators, but these are not used much any more. Pacemakers might be implanted as part of a care plan for af - but this only prevents slow pulses that might come as a result of medications for the af or after av-node ablation. Pacemakers themselves can not prevent or control af.
May need a pacer. Some pts with a fib have very fast heart rates . These are treated with medications to slow the rate . If the rate goes too slow or pt has a heart block even with small amts, then the patient has sick sinus syndrome or brady-tachy syndrome. You need a pacemaker to prevent slow rates while the medicine treats the fast rates.

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Which treatments control atrial fibrillation?

Several. There are medications to keep the heart in a normal rhythm after a shock to restore the normal rhythm. It is also possible just to leave the patient in fibrillation and give medication to prevent the heart from beating too rapidly. Either way, anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin or dabigatran might be needed to prevent clots depending on how many risk fractors are present. If not many, aspirin. Read more...
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. Read more...

I have atrial fibrillation for a couple of hours each month should I ask my doctor for rate control drugs-there seems to be different opinions. Thanks?

Lots of options. You're correct, there are a lot of options, and a lot of it comes down to your preferences and discussions with your doctor. For atrial fibrillation we think of three things: minimizing risk of stroke with anticoagulation, controlling the heart rate, and managing symptoms. If you are feeling ok, a few hours a month of afib symptoms could be ok and may not necessarily need a change in strategy. Read more...

I have atrial fibrillation but had no success controlling it. Any suggestions?

See a specialist. First try your internal medicine specialist. If he or she fails then go to a cardiologist. If still not sucessful , then go see an electrophysiologist ( a cardiologist who specializes in arrhythmias). Read more...
See a specialist. It sounds like you need some help from a cardiac electrophysiologist. There are several world leading cardiac electrophysiologists in the neighborhood of palo alto, and i suggest you consult one of them. Read more...

Is there a cure for atrial fibrillation? Diagnosed in 2004. Taking medication to control it. Still have flare-ups frequently.

Yes in some cases. Yes in some cases. The medical treatment can be focused on just keep your hear rate low or to try to convert you into normal rhythm. Cardio version is another treatment when you shock the patient under sedation. Procedure wise electro physiologists can do an ablation through the groin. Surgeons can do the ablation preferably minimally invasive through the side or a hybrid procedure - convergent. Read more...

How can differntite between rapid and controlled atrial fibrillation?

See below. Controlled atrial fibrillation has an irregular beat with normal heart rate.Rapid atrial fibrillation has a rapid rate(over 100)They both have fibrillating Atria(small chambers of heart). Read more...

Can ACE inhibitors or ARBs given to control Bp if s.cr is1.56 in patient with atrial fibrillation?

ACE-ARB, CRF A-FI. ACE and ARB in chronic renal failure can be administered together. However will have no therapeutic effect on chronic atrial fibrillation. For arterial hypertension with chronic renal failure you will require to switch one of the current HPT med to a beta blocker. Such as Sotalol 80 mg twice a day (minimal dose), and have BP controlled twice a day, adjust as . Have you ever underwent cardio-versi. Read more...

What meds can I use to control my a fib? What are the risks and side effects of medications to control my atrial fibrillation or to reduce the risk of stroke? What are the risks/benefits of other treatment options?

The . The treatment of atrial fibrillation has two important components: 1) treating the rhythm, and 2) preventing stroke. There are two strategies for treating the rhythm. The first is called the rate control strategy, and involves using medicines to prevent the heart rate from going too fast. These medicines do not prevent atrial fibrillation episodes, but are generally effective at preventing fast rhythms and also tend to have few side effects. This is a good strategy for people who do not have severe symptoms from atrial fibrillation, such as older less active people. The second strategy is called the rhythm control strategy, and involves using medications that are designed to maintain normal sinus rhythm and prevent episodes of atrial fibrillation. This strategy may be more desirable for people who are vey symptomatic when in atrial fibrillation such as young, active people. Unfortunately, this strategy tends to be less successful because recurrence of atrial fibrillation is common. The rhythm control medications also tend to have more side effects than the rate control medicines, and in some cases the side effects can be severe. Neither strategy is better than the other at preventing stroke. For stroke prevention, warfarin (also called coumadin) is typically used for people at moderate or high risk. This medication has been shown to be superior in preventing stroke, but it also increases the risk of dangerous bleeding because it is a blood thinner. Patients at lower risk for stroke may just take an Aspirin tablet daily. This has a lower bleeding risk than warfarin. Lastly, some people are candidates for surgical or catheter-based ablation procedures. These procedures can cure atrial fibrillation, but are not always successful and not all people are good candidates. Read more...
Many answers. There is no way to answer all these questions here. Beta blockers and calcium channel blockers will slow heart rate. Digoxin is frequently used for the same things. Discuss with your doctor if you have risk factors for stroke. If yes, blood thinners may be indicated. Read more...
Too Much. You're asking for the answers it takes me an hour-long office visit to answer for many people. Good questions all, but too much for a 400-character based website. May i suggest a visit with a cardiac electrophysiologist to discuss your particular situation? Read more...