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VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Atrial Fibrillation Program

Patient Follow Up

All patients receiving therapy for atrial fibrillation – whether catheter ablation or surgical therapy - require lifelong follow up to monitor anticoagulation, heart rate and rhythm.

The ultimate goal in selected patients is to maintain normal AV sinus rhythm using ablation procedures and without medications to correct the rhythm. Patients receive have a 2-4 week monitoring of their heart rhythm at six months, one year and two years after the procedure to document absence of atrial fibrillation. Patients who remain free from atrial fibrillation for a long period may be evaluated for possible cessation of the use of warfarin, the drug used to prevent strokes.

 

 

For additional information or to speak with a specialist call:

Cardiology/Electrophysiology
804-828-7565
Cardiothoracic Surgery
804-828-2774

 

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or visit the Atrial Fibrillation Program Website
http://www.afib.vcu.edu