Atrial fibrillation (say "AY-tree-uhl fih-bruh-LAY-shun") is a kind of uneven heartbeat. It can make you feel light-headed and dizzy. You may feel weak. It also can make you more likely to have a stroke.
cardioversion can return your heart to a normal rhythm. First you'll get medicines to make you sleepy and control pain. Then your doctor will use patches to send an electric
current to your heart. This resets the rhythm of your heart.
everyone with atrial fibrillation needs this treatment. For some people, taking
medicines may be better. Most people can live with an uneven heartbeat. It just has to be kept under control so the heart does not beat
Use this information to help you and your doctor
decide which treatment to choose for atrial fibrillation.
Thinking about the facts and your
feelings can help you make a decision that is right for you. Be sure you
understand the benefits and risks of your options. And think about what else
you need to do before you make the decision.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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