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  1. What Does It Mean When My Heart Skips a Beat?

    Your heart might skip a beat for many reasons, from caffeine to stress to AFib.

  2. What Happens During Catheter Ablation for AFib?

    Learn what happens before, during, and after this nonsurgical procedure that can treat atrial fibrillation. See who should get this procedure and recovery information.

  3. What Happens During Surgical Ablation?

    This article is about surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation. It talks about the different types of this surgery and how you will prepare and recover.

  4. Atrial Fibrillation and Heart Disease

    Information on atrial fibrillation and abnormal heartbeat, including the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

  5. When Someone With AFib Has Trouble

    How can you recognize an AFib episode, a heart attack, or a stroke? And how can you help? Get answers.

  6. Does Alcohol Cause AFib?

    Drinking alcohol can be good for your heart, but it can also raise your chances of getting atrial fibrillation (AFib) or triggering an episode.

  7. Atrial Fibrillation - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take anticoagulants to prevent stroke? Should I try cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Taking anticoagulants for .

  8. Atrial Fibrillation - Treatment Overview

    Treating atrial fibrillation is important for several reasons. An irregular, rapidly beating heart can weaken the heart muscle and cause it to dilate or stretch out. This can increase your risk of developing heart failure or having chest pain or even a heart attack. Also, atrial fibrillation can greatly increase your risk of having a stroke. Many people are able to live full and active lives ...

  9. Atrial Fibrillation - Medications

    Medication treatment decisions are based on the cause of your atrial fibrillation, your symptoms, and your risk for complications.Treatment with medication is often needed for many years when heart disease is the underlying cause of atrial fibrillation. Rate control medications are usually tried first for people who have persistent atrial fibrillation. These medications include beta - blockers, ..

  10. Atrial Fibrillation - Other Treatment

    Electrical cardioversion is frequently used for atrial fibrillation to restore a normal sinus rhythm if the heart rhythm does not convert on its own. You may also elect to have cardioversion if you find your symptoms bothersome.If your atrial fibrillation has recently started and it has been continuously present for less than 48 hours, your doctor may consider using electrical cardioversion or ...

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