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 heartbeatShortness of breathWeakness or difficulty exercisingChest painDizziness or faintingFatigueConfusion 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

All Medications for Atrial fibrillation

  • Lanoxin
    (digoxin)
    Prescription only

    Lanoxin (digoxin) is effective at treating heart failure symptoms, but it doesn't lower your risk of death compared to other heart failure medicines.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Delayed release capsule
  • 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
  • Eliquis
    (apixaban)
    Prescription only

    Eliquis (apixaban) is an effective way to prevent blood clots from forming in your veins, but you have to take it twice a day, and your doctor might have to change the dose a lot.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Rythmol
    (propafenone)
    Prescription only

    Rythmol (propafenone) is very effective at normalizing your heartbeat, but cannot be used if you have a history of certain heart conditions.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended-release pill
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Lopressor
    (metoprolol tartrate)
    Prescription only

    Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers high blood pressure, controls chest pain, and helps treat heart failure and heart attack. You need to take it with food and can't miss a dose.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Toprol XL
    (metoprolol succinate)
    Prescription only

    Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) is good for controlling chest pain, treating heart failure, and heart attack. It has the added benefit of being taken once a day.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • Cordarone
    (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:
    • Pill
  • Plavix
    (clopidogrel)
    Prescription only

    Plavix (clopidogrel) is a cheap, generically available blood thinner that protects you from clots after you've had a heart attack or surgery.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Cozaar
    (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
  • Mevacor
    (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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Zebeta
    (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

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Atrial fibrillation

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  • Betapace (Sotalol)

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  • yoga