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Should I consider a different medication for controlling my atrial fibrillation?

I have been on Multaq for two years and my latest Holter monitor said that I am in afib 50% of the time with a top beat of 100bpm. Should I consider a different medication?     

submitted by Joel from New Jersey on 3/10/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Abdi Rasekh, MD  

Abdi Rasekh, MDIf you are in afib 50% of the time, Multaq is not controlling the atrial fibrillation. A different anti-arrhythmic therapy or pulmonary vein ablation are reasonable considerations.  The choice of antiarrythmic therapy depends on the presence or absence of coronary artery disease and the thickness of the heart muscle. Consult with your doctor about the appropriate choice for you.     

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