Atrial Fibrillation Program

Afib

At UMass Memorial Medical Center, our experienced doctors use the most advanced techniques and therapies to treat patients with atrial fibrillation, or Afib, the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia.

Expert Doctors in Cardiac Arrhythmias

A cardiac arrhythmia (an abnormal heart rhythm), is a serious heart condition that can be life threatening. With our expertise and experience, our doctors and entire heart team will provide you or your loved one with outstanding care in an environment where the patient comes first.

Our atrial fibrillation treatment goal is to choose the right treatment for you to restore your heart's normal rhythm, control your heart rate and relieve your symptoms. Read our patient testimonials.

Atrial Fibrillation Treatment in Central Massachusetts

Our doctors and electrophysiology specialists (doctors who specialize in the treatment of arrhythmias) work together to provide integrated care. Therefore, no matter what your treatment—if you need another heart specialist—you know that you are in the hands of a team that works together all the time, across locations. 

Before we treat your Afib, our doctors will want you to undergo cardiac testing and screening, to diagnose the exact nature of your arrhythmia.

We provide these atrial fibrillation treatment options:

  • Arrhythmia monitoring
  • Catheter ablation: Procedure to remove the faulty electrical pathway from the heart
  • Cryoablation: Minimally invasive catheter procedure using freezing temperatures to destroy the part of the heart that’s causing the irregular rhythm
  • The Convergent Approach: A minimally invasive ablation procedure combining techniques of electrophysiology and cardiac surgery 
  • Educational support
  • Electrical cardioversion: Using electric current to reset the heart's rhythm
  • Medications
  • Surgical ablation procedures including minimally invasive procedures
  • Anticoagulation treatment: Warfarin (Coumadin) blood-thinner management

In addition to our clinical care, we have research studies that are seeking volunteers:

  • InRhythm: A study to better understand changes in cognition, anxiety, and depression in patients undergoing treatment for atrial fibrillation.
  • Smartphone App: Using a smartphone to detect Atrial Fibrillation