AFib Medication Management

Medications sometimes can help control mild arrhythmia symptoms. This is known as medication management of AFib, or pharmacologic cardioversion.

Our specialized electrophysiology or EP labs feature special equipment that allow our doctors to test the electrical activity of your heart. This helps them to determine whether medication management is right for you and how well it’s working.

Medication management for arrhythmia (pharmacologic cardioversion)

Our heart rhythm specialists may prescribe one or more medications, or try different doses to get your symptoms under control.

These medications include:

  • Blood thinners: Also known as antiplatelets and anticoagulants, these medications help prevent blood clots from forming inside and around your heart. Blood thinners work to protect you from serious complications such as stroke.
  • Heart rate control medications: Also known as beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and digoxin these medications slow your heart rate. Other heart rate control medications also reduce the strength of your heart muscle’s pumping action (contraction).
  • Heart rhythm control medications: After your heart rate is under control, we may prescribe medications to help restore a normal rhythm. These medications allow the upper and lower parts of your heart to work together more efficiently.
  • Treatment for underlying conditions: If you have a health condition that’s either causing or increasing your risk for atrial fibrillation, we may first try to treat that condition. We use this approach in patients with conditions such as hyperthyroidism.
  • Cardioversion: If medication doesn’t help your arrhythmia, your doctor may recommend cardioversion. In this nonsurgical procedure, your doctor delivers an electrical shock to your heart to reset your heartbeat to a normal rhythm.

As with any medication management program, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions. Please let your doctor know you have any questions or experience unexpected or unpleasant side effects.

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