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What are heart-rhythm controlling medicines for atrial fibrillation?

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  • Heart-rhythm controlling medicines slow the electrical signals to bring your heartbeat into a normal rhythm. These treatments are also called “chemical cardioversion.” These medications include: Sodium channel blockers such as flecainide (Tambocor), propafenone (Rythmol), and quinidine
  • Potassium channel blockers such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Nexterone Pacerone), dofetilide (Tikosyn), and sotalol (Betapace, Sorine, Sotylize) You might get them in your doctor's office or at a hospital. Your doctor will monitor you to make sure the medicine is working.

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?" "What is Cardioversion?"

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "Atrial Fibrillation Surgery -- Maze Procedure."

UAB Medicine: "Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion."

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?" "What is Cardioversion?"

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "Atrial Fibrillation Surgery -- Maze Procedure."

UAB Medicine: "Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion."

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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