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Atrial Fibrillation

Does occasional atrial fibrillation go away on its own?

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  • ADouglas Severance, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    Sometimes atrial fibrillation can go away on its own. For example, if you have occasional atrial fibrillation, you will have symptoms for a few minutes, hours or days. You may call your doctor who asks for you to come to the office. But by the time you arrive, you have no symptoms. That's because the atrial fibrillation went back to a normal, sinus rhythm on its own. When you see your doctor make sure your blood pressure is normal. If it's 140/90 or higher, you need to talk about medications for high blood pressure. Ask your doctor if you need an electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG). This test can check your heart to see if there are irregular beats or any other problem.  If treatment is needed for occasional atrial fibrillation, your doctor may prescribe blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent blood clots and strokes, medications to lower your heart rate, and anti-arrhythmic drugs to convert the rapid irregular heartbeat to normal, sinus rhythm.
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