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Stress test rescheduled due to extreme atrial fibrillation. What to do to reduce heart rate ?

A stress test was scheduled and could not be preformed due to extreme atrial fibulation. Another test is scheduled tomorrow that is similar to the treadmill. Heartbeat was 166-- heart attack.
What can be done to slow heart rate down. Cumiden has been prescribed but it is thinning blood way too much. What could be next in store ?
Asked On : Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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Thanks for posting your query.

Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the normal rhythmic contractions of the cardiac atria are replaced by rapid irregular twitching of the muscular wall. It can be episodic or longstanding. Heart rate may increase considerably and drugs like calcium channel blockers and beta blockers can be used to slow down your heart. Warfarin (cuomaden) is blood thinner prevents clot formation which is usual with arrhythmic heart so it is used to avoid serious consequences like stroke .Take warfarin exactly as prescribed by your doctor, do not quit or start any drug without consulting your doctor.

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Answered: Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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