Is there a cure for permanent atrial fibrillation?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
There is no cure for permanent atrial fibrillation at this time. When atrial fibrillation is permanent, no medicines or other treatments can help to restore a normal heart rhythm. Doctors may prescribe medications such as calcium channel blockers and beta blockers to slow down the heart rate. These medications will allow the heart to pump at a more efficient rate. Other medications (blood thinners) are given to keep blood clots from forming and to prevent strokes. If every treatment fails, the doctor may recommend destroying the atrioventricular (AV) node. This is done using a procedure called radiofrequency ablation, which blocks conduction from the heart's atria to the ventricles and slows the rate of the ventricles. A pacemaker will be implanted into your chest near your left collarbone to activate the ventricles.

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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation -- the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia -- causes an irregular heartbeat that can increase your risk for stroke and heart failure. Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) results from faulty signals produced by ...

the heart's electrical system, causing the upper portion of the heart to fibrillate, or contract rapidly and irregularly. AFib doesn't cause noticeable symptoms for everyone. For those who do experience symptoms, heart palpitations are common along with feeling weak, dizzy and tired. Learn more about atrial fibrillation with expert advice from Sharecare.

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