Atrial Fibrillation Treatment
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 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.
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.
Atrial Fibrillation Program Awarded Gold Achievement
Our program is the recipient of an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Gold Achievement Award for treating atrial fibrillation and implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society. Hospitals receiving gold level have reached an aggressive goal of treating Afib patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to all standards for two or more consecutive years.
A breakthrough option is now available for Afib patients who are considered suitable for warfarin but who have reason to seek a non-drug alternative. Learn about Left Atrial Appendage Implant.
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There are two goals with treatment: reduce stroke and manage your atrial fibrillation. Below are treatment options:
- Anticoagulation treatment: Warfarin (Coumadin) blood-thinner management
- 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
- Left Atrial Appendage Implant: A breakthrough option is now available for AF patients who are considered suitable for warfarin but who have reason to seek a non-drug alternative.
- Surgical ablation procedures including minimally invasive procedures