Cardiovascular disease

Atrial fibrillation

(AFib)

  • Also known as
  • A fib
  • AF

About Atrial fibrillation

An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of arrhythmia. The cause is a disorder in the heart's electrical system.

Often, people who have AF may not even feel symptoms. But you may feel

  • Palpitations -- an abnormal rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or difficulty exercising
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion

AF can lead to an increased risk of stroke. In many patients, it can also cause chest pain, heart attack, or heart failure.

Doctors diagnose AF using family and medical history, a physical exam, and a test called an electrocardiogram (EKG), which looks at the electrical waves your heart makes. Treatments include medicines and procedures to restore normal rhythm.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Top Medications for Atrial fibrillation according to our users

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  • Calan
    (Verapamil)
    Prescription only

    Verapamil works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Delayed release capsule
  • Digoxin
    Prescription only

    Digoxin is a good backup for treating heart failure symptoms, but it doesn't, by itself, lower your risk of death.

    Was it worth it?
    Men
    65%
    Women

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Eliquis
    (Apixaban)
    Prescription only

    Eliquis (Apixaban) is an easy to use and effective way to prevent blood clots from forming in your veins.

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    • Pill
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    • Pill
  • Pradaxa
    (Dabigatran)
    Prescription only

    Pradaxa (Dabigatran) is a good medication for preventing blood clots. It doesn't require regular blood tests or changing doses often. It can be expensive and there's no way to reverse the medication's effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Xarelto
    (Rivaroxaban)
    Prescription only

    Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a good medication for preventing blood clots. It doesn't require regular blood tests or changing doses often. However, it can be expensive and there's no way to reverse the medication's effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Amiodarone
    Prescription only

    Cordarone (Amiodarone) is an option to treat heart rate problems when other medicines don't work, but it can take a few weeks to work and there's a lot of serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
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  • Micardis
    (Telmisartan)
    Prescription only

    Micardis (Telmisartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Bisoprolol
    Prescription only

    Zebeta (Bisoprolol) is usually given to people who have taken other blood pressure meds unsuccessfully or have recently had significant heart problems.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Losartan
    Prescription only

    Cozaar (Losartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Lovastatin
    Prescription only

    Mevacor (Lovastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

    Was it worth it?
    Men
    44%
    Women

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release

Medication side effects for Atrial fibrillation

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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Atrial fibrillation

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  • Betapace (Sotalol)
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  • yoga