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    1. Atrial Fibrillation - Topic Overview

      What is atrial fibrillation?Atrial fibrillation (say “A - tree - uhl fih - bruh - LAY - shun”) is an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that starts in the upper parts (atria) of the heart. Normally, the heart beats in a strong, steady rhythm. In atrial fibrillation, a problem with the heart’s electrical system causes the atria to quiver, or fibrillate. The quivering upsets the normal rhythm

    2. Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

      If medication is not effective or not tolerated for atrial fibrillation, a nonsurgical procedure called radiofrequency catheter ablation may be chosen. In this procedure thin, flexible wires are inserted into a vein in the groin and threaded up through the vein and into the heart. Through an electrode at the tip of the wires, radio waves can be delivered to selectively destroy heart tissue ...

    3. Atrial Fibrillation - What Increases Your Risk

      Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include:Age older than 60.Being white and male.Heart failure.Heart valve disease.High blood pressure.Coronary artery disease and heart attack.Obesity.4A family history of atrial fibrillation.5Surgery on the heart.A history of rheumatic fever.Infection, such as pneumonia or endocarditis.Lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

    4. Atrial Fibrillation - When to Call a Doctor

      Some symptoms of atrial fibrillation need urgent medical evaluation. Callor other emergency services immediately if you:Have severe chest pain.Experience any signs of a stroke.Feel faint and have an irregular heartbeat.If you see someone pass out, callor other emergency services immediately.Call your doctor if you have:An irregular heart rate.Heart palpitations.Periods of unexplained ...

    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. Atrial Fibrillation - Exams and Tests

      An electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) is the best and simplest way to determine whether you have atrial fibrillation. An electrocardiogram is a recording of the electrical activity of your heart. It is usually done along with a medical history and physical exam and a chest X - ray. During your exam, your doctor will take your blood pressure to determine whether you have high blood pressure. If your ...

    7. Beta-Blockers for Atrial Fibrillation

      Drug details for Beta-blockers for atrial fibrillation.

    8. Anticoagulants Other Than Warfarin for Atrial Fibrillation

      Drug details for Dabigatran for Atrial Fibrillation.

    9. 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 ...

    10. Atrial Fibrillation - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about atrial fibrillation:What is atrial fibrillation?What causes atrial fibrillation?What goes wrong in atrial fibrillation?What are the symptoms of atrial fibrillation?What increases my risk for atrial fibrillation?What else could be causing my symptoms?When do I need to see my doctor?Being diagnosed:How will my doctor diagnose atrial fibrillation?What is an electrocardiogram?Getting ..

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