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How is Afib treated?

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To control your heart rate, you may get medicines like:

Depending on your overall health and how likely you are to have a stroke, you might also get drugs to lower your chances of a blood clot. Common options include aspirin and warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

  • Beta-blockers, usually the first choice
  • Calcium channel blockers, if you can't take beta-blockers
  • Digoxin, a more likely option if you also have heart failure

SOURCES:

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

UpToDate.com: "Patient education: Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) (Beyond the Basics)."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Thyroid disorders and heart conditions: What's the connection?"

AllThyroid.org: "Heart Problems: Arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, mitral valve prolapse."

Medscape: "Thyrotoxic Atrial Fibrillation."

Mayo Clinic: "Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)," "Atrial Fibrillation."

NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)," "Thyroid Tests."

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

American Heart Association: "What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Columbia University: "Radioactive Iodine."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Hormone Health Network: "What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?"

UpToDate.com: "Patient education: Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) (Beyond the Basics)."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Thyroid disorders and heart conditions: What's the connection?"

AllThyroid.org: "Heart Problems: Arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, mitral valve prolapse."

Medscape: "Thyrotoxic Atrial Fibrillation."

Mayo Clinic: "Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)," "Atrial Fibrillation."

NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Hyperthyroidism (Overactive Thyroid)," "Thyroid Tests."

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

American Heart Association: "What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Columbia University: "Radioactive Iodine."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 25, 2017

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