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How can medications help treat atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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These medicines do a few different things. They can:

  • Slow your heart rate. Some medications reduce the number of times your ventricles contract each minute. This slowed rhythm gives them enough time to fill with blood before pumping it out to your body.
  • Control your heart rhythm. Other medicines help your atria and ventricles work together to pump blood better.
  • Prevent blood clots. These types of medications lower your chances of having clots.

 

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digoxin: A Medicine for Heart Problems."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Types of Blood Pressure Medications," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?"

Texas Heart Institute: "Beta-Blockers," "Calcium Channel Blockers."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Atrial fibrillation (Beyond the basics)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

 

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digoxin: A Medicine for Heart Problems."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Types of Blood Pressure Medications," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?"

Texas Heart Institute: "Beta-Blockers," "Calcium Channel Blockers."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Atrial fibrillation (Beyond the basics)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2018

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