Help your heart get back in rhythm with these treatment methods.
When your heart gets too fast, too slow, or out of rhythm, danger could be ahead. While not every case of atrial fibrillation is immediately risky, when it is ignored it can cause serious conditions down the road. Here's a few ways you can approach your arrhythmia with the help of a physician.
- Observation – At the very least, every patient with atrial fibrillation needs to regularly check in with their physician to be observed. Mild cases that were previously considered unthreatening can turn more serious. Know if and when they do.
- Blood thinners – If your doctor believes you are at risk for blood clots, these medications can keep you protected against stroke. While on blood-thinning medication, you will also need to periodically have your blood checked.
- Rate and rhythm medications – Certain medicines can help a heart function in the pace and beat that it should. Your doctor may suggest you try one of these and check for improvement.
- Procedures – If medicine isn't proving effective in your case, there are a variety of procedures that could get your heart back on track. Your doctor may use electrical currents to restart your heart in a healthy rhythm. You might also explore the possibility of implanting a pacemaker, a small machine that regularly or periodically controls the beat of your heart.
Even the most mild cases of atrial fibrillation need to be observed regularly by a trusted physician. Learn more about the cardiology department at the Medical Center of Plano. If you need a physician referral, give us a call at 1-855-665-TMCP.