Managing Atrial Fibrillation - Understanding Symptoms and Treatment Options
The goals for management of atrial fibrillation include one or more of the following treatments:
- Restoring normal heart rhythm by either chemical or electric cardioversions, or by radio frequency ablation (PVI).
- Controlling heart-rate to prevent heart failure. Several medications may be used to achieve this rate control.
- Preventing blood clots from forming in the left atrium and thus preventing strokes. This process is called anti-coagulation and is best achieved with the medication Coumadin/Warfarin.
Best Candidates for AF Ablation or PVI
Who are the best candidates for AF Ablation or PVI ?
- Persons having a history of symptomatic, paroxysmal or long standing atrial fibrillation.
- Those who have continued symptoms of atrial fibrillation despite treatment with medications.
- Those who cannot tolerate antiarrhythmic drugs or have had complications from these drugs.
Learning About Cartomerge™ Technology
The electrophysiology (EP) lab at California Pacific Medical Centerhave the latest technology, improving the outcomes and the safety for atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment. Learn more about our CARTOMERGE™ Technology
Identifying the Best Treatment Options and Atrial Fibrillation Specialist for You
Our commitment at CPMC is to help each patient identify the best doctor for their diagnosis and course of treatment. To find the best specialist for Atrial Fibrillation , we want to empower our patients to participate in their health care journey. This means encouraging a frank discussion with the doctor about Atrial Fibrillation, to identify all appropriate treatment options as well as to discuss symptoms, issues, outcomes, etc., when relevant for Atrial Fibrillation. The first step of your journey is research - using online tools such as CPMC's to investigate and understand Atrial Fibrillation. The second step is to schedule an initial consultation with a physician or specialist. In some cases, you'll need to go through your primary care physician if you do not have a referral. If you already have a referral,you can schedule an appointment directly with the Atrial Fibrillation specialist. The third step is for the specialist in Atrial Fibrillation to meet with you and review your history. As part of the diagnosis, you may need testing, so the doctor (surgeon or specialist) can discuss your treatment options and the both of you can determine your best course of action. We have patients at CPMC coming from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, and many from throughout the United States with respect to Atrial Fibrillation. Whether you are from San Francisco, Marin, the San Francisco Bay Area generally or any other location, our physicians will provide the hands-on care you deserve.
California Pacific's Heart and Vascular Center
California Pacific's Heart and Vascular Center is supported by one of the best heart hospital/center networks in the USA, offering quality, comprehensive patient-centered cardiovascular care by a team of top heart surgeons and physicians with leading-edge technology. Serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco and Marin County, as well as the entire Northern California region, our team has many of the best cardiovascular surgeons and physicians in California and the United States.