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Problems with atrial fibrillation
- Reset the rhythm or control the heart rate
- Prevent blood clots
Treatment includes the use of Beta blocker medication and correct low Potassium and Calcium blood levels.If persistent for more than a few days, a blood thinner may become necessary to protect against the risk of thrombus (clot) formation, that can cause a stroke.
Generally, all new onset AF should be managed with a blood thinner such as Warfarin (Coumadin) to protect against blood clots that may cause a stroke, Pulmonary embolus (PE), or a clot to other parts of your body. Atrial fibrillation, especially if not controlled, may also cause heart failure.
Because the use of blood thinners may cause bleeding in other parts of your body, its use should be considered carefully. Likewise, new medications may also carry specific risks.
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