Treatment Options

Goals in Treating Atrial Fibrillation

The major goals in treating atrial fibrillation are:

  • Relieve AF symptoms and improve patient’s quality of life
  • Prevent blood clots to decrease the risk of stroke
  • Control the heart rate to allow the ventricles (lower heart chambers) enough time to fill with blood
  • Restore the heart rhythm to allow the atria (upper heart chambers) and ventricles to work together more efficiently

Once atrial fibrillation is thought to be suppressed or treated, care must still be taken to monitor for recurrences of AF. Even if there are no symptoms, atrial fibrillation may cause a stroke. It is important to talk to Dr. Smith about which treatment options are right for you.

Atrial fibrillation is a serious medical condition and if left untreated, it may lead to:

  • Blood clots causing stroke or heart attack
  • Fatigue
  • Heart failure

To help prevent these serious events, it’s important to get your heart checked periodically even if there are no symptoms.

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For more information on treatment options for atrial fibrillation, call 205.510.5000 to schedule a consultation.

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Macy C. Smith, Jr., MD, FACC, FHRS