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Forum Name: Arrhythmias

Question: Can exercise and lifestyle change cure paroxysmal atrial flu


 clearpupil - Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:34 am

Can exercise and lifestyle change cure paroxysmal atrial flutter-fibrillation?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:22 pm

User avatar Hi there -- The short answer to your short question is No. While those measures can help make you feel better and help your tolerance of the problem and may even reduce the incidents (unless it is chronic and constant), the only way to "cure" this is via radio frequency (RF) catheter ablation, and there is a good per centage of cure via this method, which is an in-and-out, same day procedure in almost all cases. Success is about 80% for atrial fib-flutter and even higher for other atrial arrhythmias. If ablation doesn't work there are medications that can sometimes control or at least slow this arrhythmia, but with these one usually must also take an anticoagulant (warfarin, branded Coumadin) to prevent clot formation and avoid possible stroke, the main complication associated with A-fib/flutter.

I hope this helps answer your question. Good luck to you. Follow up with us here if you have further questions or information.

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