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The good news is that with the right treatment, you can live a long, healthy life with AFib. But you need to be in tune with your heart and body. If untreated, atrial fibrillation can lead to blood clots, stroke and other heart-related problems, including heart failure. 

Your treatment will likely depend on:

  • Your age
  • Your symptoms and how often the episodes happen
  • Whether your heart rate is under control
  • Your risk for stroke – find out your risk and need for blood thinners using the AFib, Stroke and Bleeding Risk calculator
  • Other medical conditions, including if you have heart disease 

Treatment of AFib focuses on lifestyle changes and either rate control or rhythm control. Therapies to prevent stroke are also important. 

  • Last Edited 05/03/2022