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The good news is that with the right treatment, you can live a good life with AFib. But you need to be in tune with your heart and body. 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 the frequency of episodes
  • Whether your heart rate is under control
  • Your risk for stroke (see the CHADS2VASC score to determine your risk and need for anticoagulation)
  • Other medical conditions, including if you already have heart disease 

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

Read More: Understanding Risks of Stroke and Blood Thinners

  • Last Edited 09/30/2015