Submitted by Dr T on January 10, 2013 – 1:00pm
Depending on your cardiac risk factors other than your family history, the approach by your doctors (to exclude coronary artery disease) is the same I would have taken. You can calculate your cardiac risk by answering a few questions with this link.
Once coronary disease as a source of your symptoms has been excluded, as well as other causes of arrhythmias, in patients with otherwise normal hearts, sometimes Beta blockers are used to reduce the frequency of PVCs while it is common treatment for AF. If Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an ongoing problem it requires a different approach the also includes anti-coagulation. 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 embolism (PE), or a clot to other parts of your body.
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Hope this helps,