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Treatment options for Atrial Fibrillation

Before you attend your first appointment, you may want to read up on the different options that are available to treat and manage the symptoms of AF.   

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As Atrial Fibrillation is a progressive disease that becomes harder to treat the longer it persists,1 it is important to get treatment as soon as possible. The good news is that there are a range of treatment options available to help you effectively manage or potentially cure your arrhythmia. Your doctor will speak with you to determine the right treatment approach for you.

Be as involved as you can in discussing the various treatment options with your doctor, so you can fully understand how each treatment works, how often you need to take any medication, or whether having a procedure such as catheter ablation (link to section below) would work best for you and your lifestyle.

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Medications for AF

Your doctor is most likely to prescribe a medication as the first course of action to manage your AF. There are two main types of medication: rate control and rhythm control medication.1,2,3

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Non-Medical Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation (Procedures)1

If medication is not successful, your doctor may discuss alternative treatment options.

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    Catheter Ablation

    This technique has now become a common procedure used to prevent recurring Atrial Fibrillation.1 

    References

    1.Van Gelder I C, Hemels M EW (2006) The progressive nature of atrial fibrillation: a rationale for early restoration and maintenance of sinus rhythm Europace 8, 943–949 2. Kirchhof P, Benussi S, Kotecha D, Ahlsson A, Atar D et al. (2016) 2016 ESC Guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation developed in collaboration with EACTS. Eur Heart J 37 (38): 2893-2962. 3. AF Association, http://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/afa/uk/treatment-options. 4. American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/atrial-fibrillation/treatment-and-prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation/atrial-fibrillation-medications

    Disclaimer: The information featured here is not intended as medical advice, or to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

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