Treating Atrial Fibrillation
The treatment plan for your atrial fibrillation largely depends on how long you have had the condition, its cause, and the amount of discomfort you experience. In general, treatment for atrial fibrillation aims to:
- Control your heart rate
- Prevent blood clots from forming
- Decrease your risk of stroke
At Raffles Heart Centre, we offer the following treatments to help manage your condition:
Medications. Your doctor may prescribe you antiarrhythmic drugs to restore your heart rhythm. Depending on your condition, the medication may be administered orally or intravenously.
Cardioversion. An electric shock is delivered to your heart using paddles, which momentarily stops it. Ideally, your heart should resume its normal rhythm when it begins beating again. Your doctor may prescribe you antiarrhythmic drugs before the procedure to restore normal heart rate.
Catheter ablation. If medications or cardioversion do not work, your doctor may recommend catheter ablation to remove the heart tissues that are causing the irregular heartbeats.
Implanting a pacemaker. To help regulate your heartbeat, your doctor may recommend implanting a pacemaker. It works by sending out electrical pulses to keep your heart beating at the right pace.
These treatments may be done by itself, or in combination with each other to manage your condition.