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CoolHeart Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Home Page.
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Finding good answers to your AFib questions can be difficult.
There is a lot out there about AFib and it's treatment. Often the information is not current, and it is hard to know how information found on the internet pertains to you and your specific situation.
This site helps you get your questions answered.
We have animations and diagrams to explain AFib, why it happens, how it progresses, and what treatments do for it.
Here you see where you stand. Calculate your risk of stroke. Determine what stage of AFib you are in. See what options exist for treatment.
This information is intended to help you communicate better with your doctor and get better results from your treatment.
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AFib: How does it work?
You have to understand how AFib works before figuring out how to fix it.
Go to the AFib: Nuts & Bolts Page.
AFib progresses over time. Know what stage of AFib you are in and how this affects your treatment choices.
Paroxysmal, Persistent, Permanent. Know the stage of your AFib because it effects the way you will respond to treatments
Go to the "Stages & Progression" Page.
Find out how CryoAblation can help your AFib.
If ablation is needed, strongly consider the Cryoballoon. Find out how it works and why it is safe.
Compare CryoAblation with the Cryoballoon to RF Ablation.
We use the best equipment and have the most experience around with Cryoablation.
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Learn about the CHADSVASc score.
Calculate your score.
Use your CHADSVASc score to determine if you would be safer if you were taking warfarin or another anticoagulant.
What is the best medication to reduce your stroke risk?
Learn about newer oral anticoagulants that can be used in place of warfarin. Learn about the role of ASA relative to anticoagulants.
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Know about your FULL RANGE of treatment options.
Keep your mind open. Don’t prejudge treatments as “good” or “bad” until you understand all your choices and how they may be useful to improve YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE.
Medications can be used to Slow the Pulse Rate when in AFib.
Beta Blockers and other medications that slow the pulse don't stop AFib but can make you feel much better. This is called RATE CONTROL
Medications can be used Prevent or Reduce AFib episodes.
Antiarrhythmic drugs are used to prevent or reduce episodes of AFib. This is called RHYTHM CONTROL.
Go to the Treating AFib with Medications Page.