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It is possible for atrial fibrillation (AFib) to go away on its own, but whether or not AFib will resolve on its own depends on the cause. Most of the time, AFib gets worse over time, with episodes becoming more frequent and lasting longer. When AFib is associated with acute stress such as an infection or fracture, it may not recur again. AFib due to overacting thyroid also gets better after treatment of thyroid condition.
If caught early and with proper treatment, atrial fibrillation can be generally be cured. Watch this video to learn more about interventional cardiology from Suman Pasupuleti, MD at Citrus Memorial Hospital.
In this video Jorge Alvarez, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Methodist Hospital, describes when AFib might go away on its own, the risks that it will return--and treatments that can cure it completely.
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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