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What are my treatment options for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?

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Generally, your doctor will try to keep your heartbeat steady and prevent problems like blood clots. The most common way to treat atrial fibrillation is with drugs that keep your heartbeat at a slower rate. You'll also take medications that thin your blood to lower your risk of blood clots or stroke. These can raise your risk of bleeding, though, so you might be asked to cut back on some activities that can lead to injuries.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation."

American Family Physician: "Catheter Ablation of Supraventricular Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Atrial Fibrillation?"

American Family Physician: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association: "Management of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Atrial Fibrillation."

American Family Physician: "Catheter Ablation of Supraventricular Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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