The importance of treating AF

There are some very good reasons for treating AF and restoring regular heart rhythm. First, it makes the person feel better by preventing the symptoms associated with AF. In addition, side effects associated with medications may in some cases feel worse than the symptoms of the AF.

Another reason is to reduce the higher risk of stroke that is associated with AF. Because the atria quiver during AF, blood isn’t completely pumped out of the upper chambers of the heart, which may cause it to pool and clot. As a result, the risk of a blood clot forming in the heart and becoming lodged in an artery in the brain, causing a stroke, is higher. While AF itself isn't considered life-threatening, people with the condition are thought to be up to 7 times more likely to form blood clots and suffer a stroke. This in itself is reason enough to seek a doctor’s opinion, if you think you may have AF.