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Diseases

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Familial atrial fibrillation


Other Names for this Disease
  • Atrial fibrillation autosomal dominant
  • Autosomal dominant atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial fibrillation, familial
  • ATFB
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Treatment

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How might familial atrial fibrillation be treated?

We are unaware of treatment recommendations specific to familial atrial fibrillation, but there is information available about treatment for atrial fibrillation in general.

Treatment for atrial fibrillation depends on the frequency and severity of symptoms and may involve medications, medical procedures, and lifestyle changes. People who don't have symptoms or related heart problems may not need treatment. The main goals of treatment include:[1]
  • Preventing blot clots and lowering risk of stroke. This may involve blood-thinning medications such as warfarin, dabigatran, heparin, and aspirin.
  • Controlling the rate of contractions of the ventricles (rate control). This may involve medications to restore the heart rate to a normal level, such as beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and digitalis.
  • Restoring a normal heart rhythm (rhythm control). This is typically for people who don't do well with rate control treatment, or for people who recently began having symptoms. Rhythm control may involve medications or procedures and is usually begun in a hospital for monitoring. Procedures may include cardioversion, catheter ablation, or maze surgery.[1]
Last updated: 11/9/2015

References
  1. How is atrial fibrillation treated?. NHLBI. September, 2014; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/af/treatment.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • The Centers for Mendelian Genomics program is working to discover the causes of rare genetic disorders. For more information about applying to the research study, please visit their website.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Atrial fibrillation autosomal dominant
  • Autosomal dominant atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial fibrillation, familial
  • ATFB
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.