Amiodarone is a very effective drug that is used for treating abnormal heart rhythms. When used for treating atrial fibrillation it can restore normal sinus rhythm and prevent the recurrence of atrial fibrillation. It can also be used to prevent more dangerous abnormal heart rhythms originating from the ventricles such as ventricular tachycardia. The more common side effects are nausea, stomach upsets and skin sensitivity in the sun. Less common but more serious side effects are thyroid gland, liver and lung problems which occur at higher doses and prolonged treatment. Regular blood tests and in some cases chest x-rays are performed in those that are taking amiodarone on a regular basis to prevent these problems. Avoiding the sun for prolonged periods, using sun blocking cream and sun protection clothing is also recommended.
- Dr Howard MarshallHoward Marshall trained at Leeds University graduating in 1988. After moving to the Midlands for specialist training he gained his MD from the University of Birmingham focusing on Atrioventricular Node Ablation and Pacing in the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. » Read More
This is a general term that describes some of the procedures that we perform. Ablation is the process that modifies small parts of the heart muscle that are responsible for the abnormal heart rhythms or palpitations. Usually this is done by heating the area using radiofrequency at the end of a catheter that is placed in contact with the heart muscle.