Living With Atrial Fibrillation & Prevention

Living With Atrial Fibrillation & Prevention

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    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) can lead to heart failure because the ventricles are beating very fast and can't completely fill with blood. Thus, they may not be able to pump enough blood to the lungs and body. Heart failure occurs if the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.

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    If your loved one has complications of atrial fibrillation, it's important to know how to care for them properly. Some complications of atrial fibrillation can include stroke and heart failure. Ask their doctor about their condition and learn all you can about the necessary treatment. Find out what medications your loved one is taking so you can ensure they stay compliant to these drugs. To help prevent complications of atrial fibrillation, your loved one will likely be on blood-thinners or anti-coagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin and heparin. The doctor may also give your loved one medications to slow down the rapid heart rate. These medications include calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, and other medications. The doctor will prescribe medications to convert the chaotic heart rhythm to a normal, sinus rhythm. Depending on the complications with atrial fibrillation, the doctor may prescribe other medications. All of these medications are vital for keeping your loved one well. If you have any questions or concerns, call the doctor and learn more about atrial fibrillation and the necessary treatments to prevent serious problems.
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    Some illnesses can affect atrial fibrillation by causing it, and some medications for other illnesses cause problems for people with atrial fibrillation. For instance, heart disease, lung disease, thyroid disorders, viral infections, sleep apnea, and pneumonia can cause atrial fibrillation. If you have atrial fibrillation, you have to be careful of the medication you take for other illnesses; stimulants that could be in cold medications, for example, can induce atrial fibrillation. Ask your doctor about medications to be careful about.

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    Atrial fibrillation is serious because an  irregular or rapid heart beat can lead to more severe heart problems. You can develop blood clots that can affect your circulation and lead to a stroke (brain attack). Long term rapid heart beating can also weaken your heart and lead to heart failure. Talk to your doctor about existing conditions and complications from atrial fibrillation. Then take control of your life by taking your atrial fibrillation medications and adopting healthy lifestyle habits.