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Atrial Fibrillation

Is there a cure for chronic atrial fibrillation?

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  • Some cases of chronic atrial fibrillation can be cured completely and the rest can be kept under control with medical treatment. In some cases, chronic atrial fibrillation is brought on by another medical condition a person already has. If that condition responds to treatment, the symptoms of chronic atrial fibrillation might disappear completely.

    However, many people need to follow a long-term treatment strategy recommended by their doctor. There are many treatment options available, from simple to invasive, to effectively control chronic atrial fibrillation.

  • ADonna Hill Howes, RN, Family Medicine, answered
    At this time, there is no cure for chronic atrial fibrillation. But by using a combination of medications and procedures, doctors are able to control the rapid heartbeat and convert the arrhythmia to normal rhythm. In addition, there are blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, and heparin that can prevent blood-clot formation and strokes. In some cases, treating the cause of atrial fibrillation such as hyperthyroidism or valvular disease can convert the arrhythmia. Electrical cardioversion may be used to convert the rapid, irregular heart rate. If this does not work, a procedure called radiofrequency ablation may be used to destroy the abnormal tissue in the heart that is causing the arrhythmia.
  • AJoan Haizlip, MSN, Cardiology, answered
    A cure for chronic atrial fibrillation....well, certainly treatment options are doing a great job at keeping it under control.  But the medical community isn't quite ready to say that it is "cured".


    Because with atrial fibrillation there is generally not a small, localized area within the heart that, if treated, will result in a cure of the arrhythmia.  Although the medical community is working really hard to find a cure!   But today's treatment options, from medications to ablation, can really help keep the rhythm under control.  

    Your healthcare provider will be monitoring you closely to keep that pesky rhythm under control.
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