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What is persistent atrial fibrillation?

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Persistent atrial fibrillation is when your heart goes in and out of normal rhythm for longer than a week. It might stop on its own, but it's possible you could need treatment to stop it.

Doctors can use medicine, but if that doesn't work, they might use a low-voltage current to reset your heart's rhythm back to normal. This procedure is usually done in a hospital while you're sedated, so you won't feel anything. You can go home after it's done, as long has you have someone to drive you.

SOURCES: Boriani, G.  Vascular Pharmacology, 2016.

Cunningham, J. Pursuing Improved Quality of Life In the Atrial Fibrillation Population: Evidence-Based Practice, University of South Carolina, 2012.

Holding, S. Nursing Times, August 2013

Judd, S. Omnigraphics, 2014.

McCabe, P.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2015.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 11, 2018

SOURCES: Boriani, G.  Vascular Pharmacology, 2016.

Cunningham, J. Pursuing Improved Quality of Life In the Atrial Fibrillation Population: Evidence-Based Practice, University of South Carolina, 2012.

Holding, S. Nursing Times, August 2013

Judd, S. Omnigraphics, 2014.

McCabe, P.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2015.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 11, 2018

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