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  1. History and Physical Exam for Atrial Fibrillation

    Asking questions about your medical history and doing a physical exam for atrial fibrillation can reveal important information about your health and will often direct more testing.Your doctor may ask the following questions:What symptoms, if any, have you experienced?Have you experienced a sensation of fluttering in your chest? Any lightheadedness? Any chest pain? Any shortness of breath?Have you

  2. 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 ...

  3. Beta-Blockers for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Beta-blockers for atrial fibrillation.

  4. Antiarrhythmic Medicines for Atrial Fibrillation

    Drug details for Antiarrhythmic medications for atrial fibrillation.

  5. 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, ..

  6. Turning Off Your ICD - Topic Overview

    How does your ICD help you?Your ICD can save your life.Your ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) is always checking your heart rate and rhythm. If the ICD detects a life-threatening rapid heart rhythm, it tries to slow the rhythm to get it back to normal. If the dangerous rhythm doesn't stop, the ICD sends an electrical shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. Your ICD may also work as a pacemaker. It can fix a heart rate that is too fast or too slow. It may do so without using a shock.Should you consider turning off your ICD?Even though an ICD can help fix heart rate or rhythm problems, you may not want this at the end of life. Many people consider turning off their ICD when their health goal changes from living longer to getting the most comfort possible at the end of life. The shocks the ICD delivers are painful. Not being shocked will make you more comfortable at the end of life. As you plan for your future and your end of life, include plans for your ICD. The

  7. Atrial Fibrillation - Living With Atrial Fibrillation

    Since atrial fibrillation is often the result of an underlying heart condition, making changes to improve your heart condition will usually improve your overall health. Some of these changes include:Quitting smoking. Quitting smoking may be the most important step you can take to prevent coronary artery disease. For more information, see the topic Quitting Tobacco Use.Controlling your ...

  8. Atrial Fibrillation - Cause

    Atrial fibrillation is caused by a problem with the electrical activity of the heart.Conditions that damage the heart muscle or strain the heart often cause atrial fibrillation. These include:High blood pressure, a condition in which the force of blood against artery walls is too strong. Normal blood pressure is 119 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) systolic over 79 mm Hg diastolic or below. ...

  9. Heart Rhythm Problems and Driving - Topic Overview

    Are there driving restrictions for people with heart rhythm problems?If you have an arrhythmia or an ICD that makes it dangerous for you to drive, your doctor might suggest that you stop driving, at least for a short time.If you have an arrhythmia that doesn't cause significant symptoms, you don't have to stop or limit driving.This topic is about driving private vehicles. For commercial driving, the government has specific regulations about driving when you have certain medical conditions.Restrictions on the right to drive depend on several factors. Your doctor makes a recommendation based on:1Any symptoms you may have had, like fainting. The cause of your arrhythmia. The likelihood that your arrhythmia will happen again.If your arrhythmia has been treated successfully.If your ICD has given you a shock for an arrhythmia.Is it okay to drive if you have an arrhythmia?You can drive with an arrhythmia as long as it doesn't cause symptoms that makes it dangerous for you to drive.Your

  10. Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation

    The maze procedure is a surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation.

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