Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Care
When your heart beats irregularly due to atrial fibrillation (AFib), protect your health with help from the arrhythmia experts at Cone Health and Cone Health Medical Group. You’ll find personalized care to manage your symptoms and reduce your risk of serious complications, including stroke.
Atrial Fibrillation Center of Excellence
For exceptional afib care, choose Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital—the only hospital in North Carolina to hold full certification in atrial fibrillation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). That means you’ll benefit from:
- Outpatient care to help you effectively manage your condition
- High-quality emergency services for afib
- Multidisciplinary, patient-centered hospital care
- Transitional care, including follow-up care and patient and family education, that prevents unnecessary hospital readmissions
- A commitment to continually improving the quality of care you receive
Moses Cone Hospital is recognized with the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® -AFIB Gold Quality Achievement Award (2018).
You’ll appreciate the convenience of seeing all your providers on the same day when you visit the multidisciplinary atrial fibrillation clinic at Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center. Your electrophysiologist, or heart rhythm specialist, works closely with the rest of your care team, so you’ll benefit from a coordinated plan that supports the best outcome for you.
How Is AFib Diagnosed?
To diagnose atrial fibrillation—the most common type of irregular heartbeat—your doctor will physically examine you, ask about your symptoms, and review your personal and family medical histories. You also may take diagnostic tests such as:
- Echocardiogram, including transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) – Uses ultrasound to create a moving picture of your heart
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) – Records your heart’s electrical activity
- Holtor monitor or event monitor – Records your heart’s electrical activity continuously, or as you experience symptoms, while you follow your usual daily routine
Learn more about what to expect during a diagnostic exam for atrial fibrillation.
Types of AFib
Depend on Cone Health for care of all types of atrial fibrillation:
- Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation – Episodes of rapid heart rate begin suddenly and stop on their own; symptoms may last just a few seconds or for several days
- Persistent atrial fibrillation – Irregular heart rhythm lasts for more than a week and may need treatment to be stopped
- Longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation – Normal heart rate can’t be restored with the usual treatments
Treatment for AFib (Atrial Fibrillation)
Partner with your care team to create a plan to effectively manage your specific symptoms and prevent stroke.
Treatments to Manage Symptoms
Your care plan will help you prevent, control or even stop episodes of afib. Depending your condition and preferences, you plan may incorporate:
- Lifestyle modifications – Improve your heart health and prevent episodes
- Medications – Help regulate your heart rate
- Electrical cardioversion – Resets your heart’s rhythm
- Catheter ablation – Eliminates tiny areas of tissue in your heart to block or destroy the source of your arrhythmia
- Maze procedure – Creates scar tissue to block abnormal electrical signals
- Device therapy, including pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) – Implants a small device that monitors and corrects your heartbeat
Treatments to Prevent Stroke
During episodes of atrial fibrillation, blood can collect in the upper chambers of your heart and form clots. If a clot travels to your brain, it can cause a stroke. That’s why your Cone Health atrial fibrillation team evaluates your stroke risk as soon as you’re diagnosed and incorporates stroke prevention strategies, such as blood-thinning medications, in your treatment plan.
If you’re eligible for a cardiovascular clinical trial, you may benefit from a promising new treatment to manage your afib symptoms or prevent stroke.