In This Video, I am Going to Discuss AFib and Coronary Artery Disease
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Thank you for visiting Dr. AFib. I am Dr. Morales, in today’s video segment we’re going to be talking about both coronary artery disease as well as atrial fibrillation and how the two conditions affect each other. In the past, I’ve talked about how the risk factors for developing atrial fibrillation are very similar to the risk factors for developing coronary heart disease.
So if you have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, it’s essential to be screened for coronary artery disease. Because the risk factors are very similar between the two, such as; high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, which are all conventional risk factors. So please get yourself screen for coronary disease such as with a stress test, for example, it’d be an excellent way to screen for the coronary disease.
But what about patients that already have coronary artery disease? What if you have already had bypass surgery or you already had stents in your heart, and then you develop atrial fibrillation afterwards? So how does having the two conditions need to be managed by your doctor? First I will talk about controlling symptoms then I will speak about the blood thinners used. Fortunately, the most common medications used for managing some of the symptoms of atrial fibrillation is in the category of beta blockers for which probably metoprolol is one of the most commonly used. Those medications slow down your heart, and they’re also a little bit of blood pressure medications, this is how it helps reduce symptoms.
They have also used for coronary heart disease for a long time as well. So it’s good that there’s some overlap in some of the medications that can apply for atrial fibrillation and as well as coronary disease. However, there are some stronger medications, which used for atrial fibrillation. These medicines in the category of antiarrhythmics, which once you’ve had coronary artery disease, If you had stentings or bypass surgery, you’re at increased risk for having complications for those type of medications. So people who have coronary disease or not candidates typically for some kinds of antiarrhythmic medicines.
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