Atrial Fibrillation - Effective Treatments

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What is the treatment for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

The treatment of atrial fibrillation is multi-faceted and involves:

  1. reversing the factors that cause atrial fibrillation;
  2. slowing the heart rate with medications;
  3. preventing strokes;
  4. converting atrial fibrillation to a normal heart rhythm with medications or electrical shock;
  5. preventing the recurrence of atrial fibrillation with medications; and
  6. using procedures (for example, pacemakers, defibrillators, surgery) to prevent episodes of AFib.

Reversing the risk factors that cause AFib

An important first step in the treatment of AFib is to uncover and correct conditions (such as hyperthyroidism or use of stimulant drugs) that can cause AFib. These steps include:

  • stopping the use of stimulant drugs and excessive alcohol intake;
  • controlling high blood pressure;
  • correcting hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone) and low blood oxygen levels; and
  • controlling heart failure and treating the diseases of the heart and the lungs that can cause atrial fibrillation;
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Comment from: flutemon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I began having atrial fibrillation on and off in the late 1990s. The doctor prescribed atenolol which controlled it well. In 2010, the atrial fibrillation came back and I visited another cardiologist, where I was diagnosed with tricuspid valve issues. Leading up to valve repair surgery it was decided that it was a congenital defect linked to Ebstein's anomaly. While the valve was being worked on, I had the Maze Procedure. Other than having a somewhat faster heart rate (80-90s) the atrial fibrillation has been gone since surgery in early 2011.

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Comment from: ct916, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I've been dealing with atrial fibrillation for about 3 years now. My father and grandmother also have the same issue. I take diltiazem extended release once a day and metoprolol 25 mg twice a day. I've been doing some research and I have been taking a magnesium, potassium, and taurine supplement along with a daily vitamin. I have pretty good success with it. Only on occasion do I get an occasional flutter if I get dehydrated or overdo it at the gym. Hope this helps someone.

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