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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is the most common abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia) and the second most common cardiac condition in the United States. Greenwich Hospital provides expert care and management of this and related conditions.

Our team of nationally recognized cardiac arrhythmia specialists (electrophysiologists) is skilled in using the latest technology and ground breaking scientific advancements to provide patients with the best treatment strategies for each patient. These include medical and procedural approaches to treating atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and related heart abnormalities. Our physicians are experts in dealing with the complexities of cardiac rhythm disturbances.

Among our comprehensive treatments for atrial fibrillation:

  • Atrial fibrillation rhythm control medications to prevent atrial fibrillation and stop the associated symptoms
  • Anticoagulation (blood thinning) medications to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter-based ablation of atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter to prevent atrial fibrillation and stop related symptoms when rhythm medications are ineffective or cause side effects
  • Comprehensive risk factor testing and management for associated conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, diabetes, and congestive heart failure
  • Options for genetic testing for heart conditions that may be associated with atrial fibrillation and other heart conditions

Our team uses advanced device technology such as leadless pacemakers and implantable recorders that are injected under the chest skin and, over an extended period, monitor every heartbeat 24/7. Information received from the monitor, including arrhythmias that may be sporadic and intermittent, is automatically and wirelessly transmitted to the patient’s physician. 

Our physicians participate in clinical trials, national registries and conduct cutting-edge laboratory research to advance treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and ensure our patients receive the best possible care.