What can be done to prevent the disease?
Atrial fibrillation cannot always be prevented. Medications such as verapamil or diltiazem can be used to control the heart rate once the condition is diagnosed.
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
Atrial fibrillation can lead to congestive heart failure. The abnormal atrial rhythm also increases a person's risk for blood clots. The clots can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.
What are the risks to others?
Atrial fibrillation is not contagious and poses no risk to others.