Hi Yes, Only to well! The most important thing is Warfarin, which is vital. If you have A.F do not do not be fobbed off any ignorant docs and told you only need asperin, many years out of date! Make sure you see a specialist arrythymia cardio at a large hospital. Warfarin has to be an INR of 2.5 for AF.. Just to prevent clots, mostly brain ones. That is the most important thing with A.F. itself, some people find digoxin OK, but a blockers there are many.Bisoperim usually the first choice,it can put on weight, I cannot take that and have Nebivolol.Also. last resort is Amiordeone which lowers the thyroid. Nasty drug but brilliant. Often all 3. I take these and more as I have had A.F life long but have also much more serious arythymias, VT`s and another one.
It is important to have regular electrolyte tests, Potassium, sodium ( U`s and E`s), calcium ( corrected) and magnesium.Always take Beta Blockers after thyroid tests or it gives a false result.
If the drugs do not control the A.F normal people can have first try a cardioversion. A tiny shock under anaethetic. Does not usually work. If in A.F all the time an oblation, various sorts. A catheter to the heart giving a shock. Not as bad as it sounds, with a GA. Often works for some years. However, still essential to stay on the Warfarin in case it suddenly returns, it does.
There is a better new anticoagulation but expensive, GP`s will not give it.
You are not warned but if to start to have TIA`s, then the Warfarin needs to be higher and the INR 3, this is unusual fro A.f.
I hope this is not too much info. I like to know everything! Forgive the spelling, not too good at the moment and no spell check.
Any thing else get back to me.