Call for treatment within 24 hours if you have atrial fibrillation that comes and
goes, have previously been evaluated and treated, and are not experiencing
chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, or fainting.
Call if you have persistent atrial fibrillation while you are on medical therapy
for the condition or you note worsening of your symptoms, or new symptoms such
or mild shortness of breath.
Call if you have questions about
medications and dosages.
Call 911 for emergency medical services when atrial fibrillation occurs with any
of the following:
Not all heart palpitations are atrial fibrillation,
but a continuing feeling of your heart fluttering in your chest together with a
fast or slow pulse should be evaluated by your doctor or at a hospital emergency
There is no effective home treatment for atrial
fibrillation. If your doctor recommends lifestyle changes or prescribes
medicine, follow his or her recommendations exactly. This is the only way to see
whether the treatment works.
If you do not have atrial fibrillation, you can lower your chance of getting this
arrhythmia by reducing your risk factors. This includes risk factors for coronary
heart disease and high
If you have atrial fibrillation, your health care provider may prescribe
treatments for the underlying cause and to prevent future episodes of atrial
fibrillation. These treatments might include any of the following (see Medical
treatment for more information).
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