Researchers identify more treatment options for arrhythmia

Nov 22, 2010

Doctors have found more ways to treat irregular heartbeats

Having an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, can be a scary diagnosis for patients. Those with such a condition may find themselves frequenting hospitals and paying higher life insurance premiums as a result.

Researchers have been working on ways to more effectively treat patients with arrhythmia. Recently, a study published by the American Heart Association reveals that patients younger than 45 required less medical oversight after having catheter ablation performed to treat atrial fibrillation.

A year after having the procedure completed, patients under the age of 45 were less likely to require medication, which may be especially important when dealing with younger populations.

The study authors wrote that, "while AF is more common with increasing age, clinical experience has suggested that younger patients tend to be more symptomatic and less willing to take long-term medications."

AF can cause people to become tired easily and even lead to a stroke. The Mayo Clinic says that while AF itself isn't a life-threatening condition, it can bring on complications. Furthermore, they suggest limiting consumption of caffeine and alcohol to better handle living with the condition.

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