Atrial Fibrillation – Management

Atrial Fibrillation – Management 

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Atrial Fibrillation – Management 

Managing atrial fibrillation

So, let’s begin with the bad news. Clearly atrial fibrillation can be uncomfortable and a scary experience and will often require treatment. However, the good news is that it is not usually life threatening.

There are four main ways to treat this disorder

Number one given that patients with atrial fibrillation have an increased risk of stroke patients should be given, medication to reduce the risk of stroke. The second is to control the heart rate and the contraction rhythm by using medicines.

The third is cardio-version where normal heart rhythm can be restored using a controlled electric shock. Finally when necessary a process called catheter ablation is used to neutralised the defective region of the heart that is causing the abnormal heart rhythm. Once this is done patients often need to have something called a pacemaker fitted.

The pacemaker generates electrical impulses that allow for normal heartbeat.