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Side Effect: Atrial Fibrillation

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

What does Atrial Fibrillation look like?

Symptoms of AFib can include:

Some people with AFib may not experience any symptoms at all. To determine if you have AFib, your doctor will order a non-invasive test called an electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) to measure the electrical signals from your heart.

Atrial Fibrillation

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Who gets Atrial Fibrillation?

The following chemotherapy agents are also known to increase the risk of AFib:

How to prevent Atrial Fibrillation

How to treat Atrial Fibrillation

Treatment for AFib may depend on the type and stage of cancer, as well as your overall health status. Options may include medications such as:

These medications are intended to reduce the risk of blood clots by restoring your heart’s ability to pump blood more effectively. Importantly, these medictions may interact with other medications you are taking so ask a pharmacist before you start them to reduce the risk of side effects.


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Created: April 3, 2024 Updated: April 3, 2024