Drugs for Atrial Fibrillation - Frequently Asked Questions

Jayashree Thakwani
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Mar 23, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for atrial fibrillation?

A general physician or a cardiologist should be consulted.

2. How do anti-arrhythmic drugs work?

Sodium channel blockers:

These drugs help control heart rhythm. They do this by reducing how fast the heart muscle conducts electricity. They focus on electrical activity in sodium channels of the heart cells.

Potassium channel blockers:

Like sodium channel blockers, potassium channel blockers too help control heart rhythm. They slow down electrical conduction in the heart, by interfering with conduction that occurs through potassium channels in the cells.

3. Are there different types of atrial fibrillation?

Yes, there are different forms of atrial fibrillation, Paroxysmal, Persistent, longstanding persistent and permanent. These have been differentiated based on the duration for which AF lasts.

4. Can one exercise if suffering from atrial fibrillation?

Moderate exercise is good for people with atrial fibrillation. Strenuous exercise should be avoided.

5. Is it safe to drive?

Yes, one can continue to drive when suffering from AFib. However, if one fells dizzy or faint, it is best not to drive.

6. What causes arrhythmia of the heart?

Arrhythmias can be caused due to coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, congenital heart defects and stress.

7. Which are some heart medicines used to treat cardiac arrhythmias?

Some heart medicines used to treat cardiac arrhythmias are Metoprolol and Propafenone.

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