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Should I take medications to help treat my atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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When you have atrial fibrillation (AFib), the goal is to get your heart back into rhythm and prevent blood clots that can lead to a stroke. For many people with AFib, medicine is the best treatment option.

Learn which medicines your doctor could prescribe to treat your AFib. You'll get the most benefit from these medications if you take them just as your doctor and pharmacist tell you.

 

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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