Treatment and Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation

Video: AFib treatment options and goals

Know your treatment goals

The treatment goals of atrial fibrillation, also called AF or AFib, start with a proper diagnosis through an in-depth examination from a doctor. The exam usually includes questions about your history and an electrocardiogram. Some patients may need a thorough electrophysiology study. Read about AFib treatment options.

Prevention and risk reduction

Although no one can guarantee that a stroke or a clot is preventable, there are ways to reduce risks.

After being diagnosed with AFib, the ideal goals may include:

  • Restoring the heart to a normal rhythm (called rhythm control)
  • Reducing an overly high heart rate (called rate control)
  • Preventing blood clots
  • Managing risk factors for stroke
  • Preventing additional heart rhythm problems
  • Preventing heart failure

Your doctor may recommend adopting lifestyle changes, including those listed below:

Shared Decision-Making for People living with AFib

Shared Decision-Making for People Living With AFib (PDF)

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Connect with People Who Care

Get the support you need by connecting online with others who are living with AFib. MyAFibExperience® is a place where people can share their real stories and make a real difference in people’s lives.