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Treatment Options for Atrial Fibrillation

 

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Medical Management at Our Atrial Fibrillation Center in Brooklyn, NY

Cardiac medication is used to control the heart rate and heart rhythm. Blood thinners are also prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke by preventing the formation of blood clots.

Depending on the type of AFib and signs and symptoms, your physician may recommend one of the following atrial fibrillation treatment options.

 

Electrical Cardioversion

This procedure involves shocking the heart with an external device applied to the chest which can convert the heart back into a normal rhythm.

 

Catheter Ablation

This procedure involves passing a specialized catheter through the femoral vein into the heart. The electrode at the tip of the catheter sends out radio waves that create heat, called radiofrequency ablation, to certain areas of the heart. This process can prevent AFib from recurring and relieve symptoms.

 

Convergent Hybrid Ablation

This integrated approach involves placing a small opening below the breastbone where the cardiac surgeon creates a series of linear lesions on the surface of the heart using radiofrequency ablation. The electrophysiologist then threads a catheter through the femoral vein reaching the inside of the heart to isolate the pulmonary veins thereby completing the ablation pattern.

The cardiac surgeon will also place a Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) clip directly on the left atrial appendage to prevent clots from forming and reducing risk for stroke.

 

Watchman Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) closure implant

This procedure involves passing a specialized catheter through the femoral vein into the heart. The cardiologist then guides the Watchman device through the catheter tube into the left atrial appendage (LAA) to permanently close off this part of the heart which will prevent clots from escaping, thus reducing risk for stroke and eliminating the need for long term blood thinner medication.