AFib at the Hospital

Many people diagnosed with AFib live long, full and active lives, and it’s possible to receive treatment for a single episode of atrial fibrillation and recover without needing to have a surgical procedure. Some people manage their atrial fibrillation symptoms with their healthcare provider by taking a medication, and others may either take medications for a while and then have a procedure or they may opt for having a procedure right away.  

Procedures in a hospital can range from a fairly simple cardioversion, which can have a quick recovery time, to complex treatments requiring an open heart surgical procedure for persistent, chronic atrial fibrillation.

Although AFib can be stressful for anyone whose symptoms continually or periodically flare up, you may also discover that once you find a way to manage your condition or find a procedure that works to correct the problem, you regain a sense of normalcy in your life. With the right treatment, many people are able to relieve symptoms.

On the pages below, you’ll find tips and insight about treatment with procedures to relieve AFib. 


Restoring normal sinus rhythm: What is it?

In addition to managing your stroke risks, you and your provider may consider strategies to help you achieve what is called “normal sinus rhythm.”


What do I need to know about electrocardioversion? 

“Electrical cardioversion” is a process that shocks the heart to convert it from an irregular pumping rhythm back into a normal sinus rhythm.


What do I need to know about catheter ablation?

Medicines to treat rapid and irregular heartbeats work well for many people. But they don’t work for everyone, and they may cause side effects in some people. In these cases, doctors may suggest catheter ablation.


What other procedures might be recommended?

Learn about AV Node Ablation and Cox Maze, Maze, Mini Maze.


Where can I look for financial assistance and insurance resources?

Learn about insurance, healthcare laws, and government programs seeking to provide affordable coverage.

We encourage you to visit our online forum to discuss any questions you may have and to share tips with other community members.


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