How Many Options of AFib Treatment Are There for Patients?

Medications are the most common atrial fibrillation treatment. Patients accepting this type of treatment take medicines to slow their heart rate, control their rhythm and prevent strokes.

If medicines don’t work on you. You can turn to procedures. There are two types of procedures – cardioversion and ablation. In the former one, the doctor gives you an electronic shock to control your heart rate and rhythm. In the latter one, the doctor puts a catheter (a thin tube) in your leg or up to your heart to normalize your heartbeat.

In the most severe condition, you have to call a maze procedure. It is an open-heart surgery which is more dangerous than all the previous types of treatment. Sometimes a pacemaker is needed after a maze surgery.

 

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