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How long can one live with AFIB

By Anonymous July 11, 2017 - 7:16pm
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With treatment, a person with atrial fibrillation can live a long time.

Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib.

Ideally, to treat atrial fibrillation, the heart rate and rhythm are reset to normal. To correct your condition, doctors may be able to reset your heart to its regular rhythm (sinus rhythm) using a procedure called cardioversion, depending on the underlying cause of atrial fibrillation and how long you've had it.

After electrical cardioversion, your doctor may prescribe anti-arrhythmic medications to help prevent future episodes of atrial fibrillation.

Catheter ablation, surgical maze procedure and AV node ablation are procedures that destroy the area of heart tissue that's causing the erratic electrical signals and restore your heart to a normal rhythm.


July 12, 2017 - 7:35am
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