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Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Topic Guide

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): Atrial fibrillation (AFib) describes a rapid, irregular heart rhythm. The irregular rhythm, or arrhythmia, results from abnormal electrical impulses in the heart. Atrial fibrillation may be treated with medications or surgery. There are many causes of atrial fibrillation, for example, pneumonia, heart disease, alcohol use, and thyroid problems. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include chest pain and/or angina, nausea, dizziness, and heart palpitations. Atrial fibrillation is managed and treated with medication, medical procedures, and surgery.

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Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

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dronedarone Dronedarone

Dronedarone is a heart rhythm medicine that helps maintain normal heartbeats in certain people with life-threatening rhythm disorders of the atrium (the uppe...learn more »

rivaroxaban Rivaroxaban

Rivaroxaban is used to treat or prevent blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). These types of blood clots can ...learn more »

dabigatran Dabigatran

Dabigatran is used to lower the risk of stroke caused by a blood clot in people with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation. This medicine is us...learn more »

dofetilide Dofetilide

Dofetilide is a heart rhythm medicine, also called an antiarrhythmic...learn more »

ibutilide Ibutilide

Ibutilide is an anti-arrhythmic heart medication that corrects certain conditions of irregular heart rhythm...learn more »

sotalol Sotalol

Sotalol is a beta-blocker that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins)...learn more »

propafenone Propafenone

Propafenone is a Class IC anti-arrhythmic that affects the way your heart beats...learn more »

flecainide Flecainide

Flecainide is a Class IC anti-arrhythmic that is used in certain situations to prevent serious heart rhythm disorders...learn more »

esmolol Esmolol

Esmolol is a beta-blocker that is used to help keep the heart beating normally in people with certain heart rhythm disorders of the atrium (the upper chamber...learn more »

digoxin (oral) Digoxin (oral)

Digoxin is derived from the leaves of a digitalis plant and is used to treat heart failure.

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metoprolol Metoprolol

Metoprolol is a beta-blocker that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins)...learn more »

verapamil (oral) Verapamil (oral)

Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels...learn more »

diltiazem Diltiazem

Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker that is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) or angina (chest pain)...learn more »

propranolol Propranolol

Propranolol is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins)...learn more »

quinidine Quinidine

Quinidine is used to help keep the heart beating normally in people with certain heart rhythm disorders, usually after other treatments have failed. Quin...

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amiodarone (oral) Amiodarone (oral)

Amiodarone affects the rhythm of your heartbeats...learn more »