- Your Heart
- Ask Dr. T
- Heart Healthy Living
- About Us
- Contact Us
AFIB and ablation
In patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a blood thinner like coumadin is used to prevent blood clots from causing a stroke. Coumadin is a powerful medication that can have dangerous side effects. You'll need to have regular blood tests to monitor whether you take too much or too little and if the values go up and dwn like you mentioned, it means he needs to be tested more frequently till it becomes more obvious how much he needs. There are new drugs available like dabigatran (Pradaxa) that don't require regular testing, but all have their drawbacks. Dabigatran is as effective as coumadin at preventing blood clots that can lead to strokes but doesn't require special blood testing.
Ablation is used for some patients, but I cannot judge whether your son is a good candidate.
There are some other things can be done to try to prevent recurrent spells of atrial fibrillation, such as reduce or eliminate caffeinated and alcoholic beverages from your diet, because they can sometimes trigger an episode of atrial fibrillation.
Hope this helps,
Ask Doctor T. Blog
I have been advised by my primary physician to schedule a cardiac catherization and possible stent placement procedure after having a Nuclear Stress Test with the following "Findings:
The study quality is excellent. There is no transient LV ischemic dilatation noted. The left ventricular...
I have a friend with internal defibulator. can I perform cpr and is it possible for me to get shocked if the debibulator is going off?