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    For additional information or to refer a patient to the Cardiovascular Institute’s Atrial Fibrillation Clinic, please call 1-855-33-CVIRI (1-855-332-8474) 


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    Providence, RI 02903

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  • Atrial Fibrillation Clinic

    AFIB Heart GraphicThe Atrial Fibrillation Clinic is part of arrhythmia services of the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI). The clinic provides advanced care for patients with atrial fibrillation, with a focus on stroke risk reduction.

    Teamwork and an integrative approach are fundamental to our process. This includes close collaboration among our electrophysiologists, neurologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, all of whom are experts in the diagnosis and medical and surgical management of patients with atrial fibrillation.

    We offer patients with longstanding and difficult-to-treat atrial fibrillation newer techniques that combine the most effective catheter-based and surgical treatments in one procedure. Also unique to the region, our hybrid operating room is state of the art for patients requiring cardiac procedures and/or surgery.

    What is Atrial Fibrillation?

    Atrial fibrillation (also referred to as "a-fib" or "atrial fib") is a rapid and irregular heartbeat. It may be caused by a number of factors, ranging from stress to heart disease. Untreated, it can lead to stroke or heart disease.


    What Can I Expect During My First Visit?

    During your first appointment, you can expect to receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation and personalized information about atrial fibrillation and treatment.


    How is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?

    Treatment for atrial fibrillation could include:

    • medications to slow your heart rate
    • blood thinners to prevent clots that could cause a stroke
    • medications or procedures to prevent fibrillation and return your heart to a normal rhythm

    Learn more about treatment

    Who Will Treat Me at the Clinic?

    The clinic team includes three electrophysiologists and a cardiothoracic surgeon, as well as specialized nursing and technical teams.