Atrial Fibrillation Clinic

The Atrial Fibrillation Clinic mainly focuses on the management of patients with newly diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation or suspected atrial Fibrillation.

The clinic is led by Dr. A. M. Karthigesan, a cardiac Electrophysiologist who specializes in the treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

This clinic brings the state-of-the-art treatment strategies to patients with atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias including options that were previously unavailable in the local community

What is Atrial Fibrillation and what can happen to me if I have it?

During a regular heartbeat, the top two chambers of the heart (the atria) send out an electrical signal that triggers the heart to pump blood through the body. Atrial fibrillation happens when the electrical signal becomes irregular and causes disorganized and rapid contractions of the atria. These abnormal atrial contractions may cause ineffective pumping of blood through the body.

Signs and symptoms of atrial fibrillation can be different from person to person; the most common symptoms are palpitation, breathlessness and fatigue.

How serious is atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation isn’t usually life-threatening or considered serious in people who are otherwise healthy. However, atrial fibrillation can be dangerous if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or other diseases of the heart. Either way, this condition needs to be properly diagnosed and managed by a doctor. Atrial fibrillation does increase the risk of stroke, especially in people who are over the age of 65, have had a previous stroke / high blood pressure/ diabetes / heart failure.

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.
  • 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 ECG monitoring, Echocardiogram, and cardiac MRI
  • State-of-the-art minimally invasive approaches to treat AFib, including the Radiofrequency catheter ablation with Smart touch 3D Mapping technology
  • Surgical MAZE procedure for treating AFib
  • AV (Atrioventricular) node ablation Plus Pacemaker Implantation.
  • Advanced pacemaker implantation including BiVP (biventricular pacing) and HBP (direct HIS bundle pacing)
  • Direct current Cardioversion to reestablish the normal Heart rhythm.

What Services Does the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic Provide?

  1. If you feel palpitations, fast and irregular heartbeats, syncope(fainting) and pre-syncope
  2. Visit us any time after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. We can help if you: were just diagnosed with atrial fibrillation
  3. Have atrial fibrillation but aren’t feeling well with the medications you are currently taking
  4. Are looking for innovative treatment options
  5. Would like a second opinion about your atrial fibrillation

-Senior Consultant Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist

-Chief, Cardiac Pacing and Arrhythmia Services

-Department of Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology

-Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai.

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