What is the goals of medical therapy for atrial fibrillation (Afib) (AF)?

Updated: Apr 09, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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The goals of medical therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are to maintain sinus rhythm, avoid the risk of complications (eg, stroke), and minimize symptoms. Warfarin represents the cornerstone of anticoagulant therapy for patients at moderate to high risk of thromboembolic events. Some patients may not be able to take anticoagulants because of contraindications or comorbidities.


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