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Below are some frequently asked questions regarding AFib.
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What causes AFib?
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AFib can be caused by a wide variety of factors including age, family history, alcohol consumption, obesity, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure.1
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Is AFib a fatal condition?
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AFib is not life threatening in itself. However, it is important that you seek treatment as soon as possible because AFib can lead to life-threatening conditions like stroke or heart failure.1
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What are my options if medications aren’t working or are causing negative side effects?
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There are non-drug options for treating AFib, including catheter ablation. Talk to an Electrophysiologist to see if catheter ablation is the right treatment option for you. Click here to learn more about catheter ablation.
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How can I reduce my risk of AFib?
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Lifestyle factors such as obesity, smoking, and sleep apnea may lead to AFib. Ask you doctor about lifestyle modifications that help reduce your AFib episodes.1
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What are the treatment options for AFib?

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. Only a cardiologist or electrophysiologist can determine whether ablation is an appropriate course of treatment. There are potential risks including bleeding, swelling or bruising at the catheter insertion site, and infection. More serious complications are rare, which can include damage to the heart or blood vessels; blood clots (which may lead to stroke); heart attack, or death. These risks need to be discussed with your doctor and recovery takes time. The success of this procedure depends on many factors, including your physical condition and your body's ability to tolerate the procedure. Use care in the selection of your doctors and hospital, based on their skill and experience.

 
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