Choosing a rate control medication for atrial fibrillation (AF)

New onset AF generally involves slowing the ventricular rate, restoring sinus rhythm, and then maintaining a normal heart rate. Learn more about the first step of rate control using medications.

Franz Wiesbauer, MD MPH
Franz Wiesbauer, MD MPH
8th Nov 2022 • 1m read
Slowing ventricular rate

Are beta-blockers the best option? When should digoxin be used? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to initiate rate control, how to determine the target heart rate, and two special situations to keep in mind when prescribing medications to slow ventricular rate.

Start the first chapter of our Atrial Fibrillation Management Essentials course for free

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common rhythm problem worldwide. When you see AF patients are you uncertain whether to use rhythm control or rate control, and what type of anticoagulant to prescribe? Do you wonder if your patient is a good candidate for ablation? In this course, we are going to clarify the atrial fibrillation guidelines and evidence so that you can treat AF with confidence.