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If I am treating atrial fibrillation (AFib), will I need to take blood-thinning medicine before starting a heart rhythm medicine?

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You might need to take a blood-thinning medicine for a few weeks before you start on a heart rhythm drug to prevent a clot.

 

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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