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How is atrial fibrillation treated?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Several options

With medications to slow down the heart rate or control the heart rhythm, in the right setting blood thinners to minimize the risk of stroke, electrical shock to restore a normal rhythm and also catheter based approaches in order to remove the trigger for afib.

In brief: Several options

With medications to slow down the heart rate or control the heart rhythm, in the right setting blood thinners to minimize the risk of stroke, electrical shock to restore a normal rhythm and also catheter based approaches in order to remove the trigger for afib.
Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Several things...

If heart rate is rapid, medications to slow it.
Depending on your risk factors, blood thinners to decrease stroke risk. Electrical cardioversion to get back to normal rhythm. Antiarrythmic medications and/ or ablation treatment to maintain normal rhythm. Controlling blood pressure and statin medications to treat cholesterol also help. With proper meds many patients do okay with permanent afib.

In brief: Several things...

If heart rate is rapid, medications to slow it.
Depending on your risk factors, blood thinners to decrease stroke risk. Electrical cardioversion to get back to normal rhythm. Antiarrythmic medications and/ or ablation treatment to maintain normal rhythm. Controlling blood pressure and statin medications to treat cholesterol also help. With proper meds many patients do okay with permanent afib.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
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