Atrial Fibrillation (AF): Treatments
, or AF, is the most common type of . An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat.
Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation (AF)
for (AF) depends on how often you have symptoms, how severe they are, and whether you already have disease. General treatment options include medicines, medical procedures, and lifestyle changes.
The goals of treating AF include:Preventing clots from forming, thus lowering the risk of . Controlling how many times a minute the ventricles contract. This is called rate control. Rate control is important because it allows the ventricles enough time to completely fill with . With this approach, the abnormal rhythm continues, but you feel better and have fewer symptoms. Restoring a normal rhythm. This is called rhythm control. Rhythm control allows the and ventricles to work together to efficiently pump to the body. Treating any underlying disorder that’s causing or raising the risk of AF – for example,…