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Atrial Fibrillation Treatments

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is a disorder found in about 2.2 million Americans. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two small upper chambers (the atria) quiver instead of beating effectively. Blood isn't pumped completely out of them, so it may pool and clot. If a piece of a blood clot in the atria leaves the heart and becomes lodged in an artery in the brain, a stroke results. About 15 percent of strokes occur in people with atrial fibrillation.

The likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation increases with age. Three to five percent of people over 65 have atrial fibrillation.

Normal sinus Rhythm and Atrial Fibrillation

How is it treated?

  • Medications are used to slow down rapid heart rate associated with AF and other medications are used to thin the blood to reduce the formation of blood clots.
  • Electrical cardioversion may be used to restore normal heart rhythm with an electric shock, when medication doesn't improve symptoms.
  • Radiofrequency ablation may be effective in some patients when medications do not work.

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