It may be necessary that you take a rate control medicine that controls the rhythm. The medicine that is prescribed is effective in treating atrial fibrillation. A rate control medicine may be used if the patient's heart is beating too fast. This type of medicine includes a beta-blocker or a calcium channel blocker. It's not often that it returns the heart to its normal rhythm; the heart is going to remain irregular most of the time but, the medicine will prevent the heart from being too fast. The patient may not have any symptoms from an irregular beat if the rate is lower than 110 beats per minute. These medicines may relieve the symptoms that are the aftermath of a fast heart rate. Rate control medicine is not the only option of the patient has severe atrial fibrillation symptoms.

For many people who have atrial fibrillation, the prescribed medicines do not work. These are the people who continue to have quick and irregular heart rates. In this type of situation the doctor will often recommend a procedure that is nonsurgical called catheter ablation (otherwise known as the maze procedure). The medical experts suggest that this is performed at a center where the staff has a significant amount of experience with this specific procedure.