A medical strategy for treating atrial fibrillation (AF) that focuses on reducing the rapid heart rates typically associated with the arrhythmia by administering medications (e.g., beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, digoxin) that slow the conduction of impulses through the heart's electrical conduction system. Although this strategy does not terminate or prevent the rhythm abnormality, controlling the heart rate alleviates the symptoms of AF in many patients.


Public Health Heart Rate Electrical Conduction Atrial Fibrillation Calcium Channel 
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