Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that originates from the top chambers of the heart (the atria). The electrical system in the atria is faulty, making the atria beat quickly and very irregularly. Up to 5% of people over age 65 (2.2 million Americans) have atrial fibrillation.
Is Atrial Fibrillation Life-threatening?
No, but atrial fibrillation can cause clots that lead to strokes. About 15 percent of people who have strokes have atrial fibrillation.
What is The Everett Clinic Atrial Fibrillation Clinic?
The Everett Clinic Atrial fibrillation Clinic is dedicated to the evaluation and management of patients with atrial fibrillation. The clinic is led by Maheer Gandhavadi, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist (EP) who specializes in the treatment of heart rhythms. This clinic brings the state-of-the-art treatment strategies to patients with atrial fibrillation, including options that were previously unavailable in the local community. Our goal is to manage the risks associated with atrial fibrillation and to control any symptoms you may be having so that you can return to your normal life.
What Services Does the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic Provide?
- A comprehensive and unique approach to caring for atrial fibrillation in every patient
- A multidisciplinary team to coordinate treatment and follow-up care
- The most current medications to control heart rate in atrial fibrillation or keep you out of atrial fibrillation
- Use of the latest blood thinners that do not require any blood draws for monitoring
- A full range of diagnostic and imaging studies to help manage atrial fibrillation, including ambulatory monitoring, echocardiogram, and cardiac MRI
- State-of-the-art minimally invasive treatment options, including radiofrequency catheter ablation and cryo-ablation, as well as surgical procedures
- Device therapies to control your heart rate when needed
What Can I Expect at the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic?
- Visit us any time after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. We can help if you:
- Were just diagnosed with atrial fibrillation
- Have atrial fibrillation but aren't feeling well with the medications you are currently taking
- Are looking for innovative treatment options
- Would like a second opinion about your atrial fibrillation
When Should I Schedule an Appointment?
You may only need one visit or you may need subsequent treatment and follow-up care. We will work with you to determine a treatment plan that is acceptable to you and your primary care physician. Treatment may consist of observation, medications, imaging studies, or procedures, as needed.
Call for an appointment, 425-339-5411.