How to Manage Atrial Fibrillation

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Understand What Type of AFib You Have

There are several different types of atrial fibrillation, and although the symptoms are similar, diagnosis will depend on the frequency, duration, and severity of attacks. Paroxysmal fibrillation is characterized by bouts of arrhythmia that are shorter than seven days in duration and go away on their own, even though they may return frequently.

Persistent atrial fibrillation includes spells of arrhythmia that last longer than seven days and go away only with treatment of some kind. Long standing atrial fibrillation lasts longer than twelve months, and permanent atrial fibrillation lasts indefinitely. There is also nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, which is punctuated by arrhythmia unrelated to heart valve issues.

The type of AFib you have could determine the course of treatment required, so you may have to track your symptoms for a while so that your doctor can make an appropriate determination.

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