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What AFib medications may be safer for pregnant women?

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Some AFib medications have better safety records during pregnancy. So your doctor may recommend that you switch to a different drug.

For instance, you could get aspirin (during the second and third trimesters) or heparin to thin your blood and reduce the risk of blood clots.

Doctors often prefer the beta-blockers metoprolol and atenolol over other beta-blockers, which are drugs that lower blood pressure and slow your heart rate, to help control the atrial fibrillation.

From: AFib and Pregnancy: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is atrial fibrillation?”

Journal of the American Heart Association : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women -- A Population‐Based Study”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and atrial fibrillation”

Journal of Atrial Fibrillation : “Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Pregnancy.”

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women With Heart Disease.”

Medscape: “Atrial Fib Can Raise Risk in Pregnant Women With Structural Heart Disease: Cohort Study.”

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of Arrhythmia.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on March 28, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “What is atrial fibrillation?”

Journal of the American Heart Association : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women -- A Population‐Based Study”

Mayo Clinic: “Pregnancy and atrial fibrillation”

Journal of Atrial Fibrillation : “Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Pregnancy.”

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology : “Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter in Pregnant Women With Heart Disease.”

Medscape: “Atrial Fib Can Raise Risk in Pregnant Women With Structural Heart Disease: Cohort Study.”

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of Arrhythmia.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on March 28, 2019

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