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Is blood pressure medication used to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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  • One group of atrial fibrillation (AFib) medications alters the electrical signals in your heart to slow your heart rate. These medicines don't fix the abnormal heart rhythm, but they can help you feel better. Beta-blockers are a type of blood pressure medicine. Some of them include: Atenolol (Tenormin)
  • Bisoprolol (Zebeta)
  • Carteolol (Cartrol, Ocupress)
  • Metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL)
  • Nadolol (Corgard)
  • Propranolol (Inderal, Innopran)
  • Sotalol (Betapace, Sorine, Sotylize)
  • Timolol (Blocadren)

 

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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