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How can I help a loved one with complications of atrial fib?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
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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