Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is the most common heart arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm). It is caused by short circuits in the upper chamber of the heart (atria) that can cause a spectrum of symptoms, including chest discomfort, shortness of breath, palpitations (racing or irregular heart beat) and dizziness. In addition, AFib carries a high risk of heart failure, stroke and other heart-related issues.
Once your physician refers you to the AFib Clinic, you will be partnered with nurses, pharmacists, advanced practitioners and physicians to increase your understanding of AFib and how to improve your quality of life. This includes education concerning many topics including weight management, diet, activity, sleep disorders and more.
Anticoagulants (blood thinners) are medications that are often used to manage AFib. Our team will provide education and support to help you and your cardiologist manage these medications.
- Monitor kidney function to ensure dosing of medications is appropriate
- Discuss potential interactions with other medications
- When appropriate, weekly to monthly lab (INR) checks for patients on warfarin (Coumadin)
- Serve as a resource for you and your other health care providers to adjust your medications when appropriate
- Provide on-call services after hours if you have issues with anticoagulation medications
- Evaluate cost of anticoagulation and possible alternatives
- Discuss any barriers to compliance in taking your prescribed medications
AFib Clinic patients need to continue to follow-up with a cardiologist at least yearly to discuss anticoagulation medications and monitor your atrial fibrillation.