After treatment of Afib, or atrial fibrillation, it is recommended that patients address underlying causes and reduce risk factors, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Medications and lifestyle changes are prescribed for long-term aftercare of Afib treatment. Treatment of atrial fibrillation, a condition where patients experience an irregular heartbeat, generally involves resetting the rhythm or control of the heartbeat and the prevention of blood clots.<
After treatment, use of medications that treat an overactive thyroid, lower blood pressure or manage high blood cholesterol may be prescribed. Additionally, lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthy diet, reducing salt intake, quitting smoking, reducing stress, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants that increase heart rate are recommended.
Some individuals with atrial fibrillation feel no discomfort and are unaware of their condition until they are provided with a routine electrocardiogram. Others may experience irregular and rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations or a rapid thumping in their chest, light-headedness, fainting, fatigue, chest discomfort, chest pain or pressure, dizziness, sweating, nausea, and shortness of breath, particularly with exertion or anxiety.