Inova Loudoun Hospital is proud to announce beginning July 2021, atrial fibrillation (AFib) ablation procedures will be available at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI) – Schaufeld Family Heart Center on the Lansdowne Campus. 

AFib is a heart rhythm problem that causes an irregular pulse. It’s a common condition, affecting approximately 2.7 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association. Untreated, AFib can cause symptoms including palpitations, fatigue, and shortness of breath and can lead to serious health issues, such as an increased risk of stroke and heart failure. IHVI offers the full spectrum of treatment options for this disorder at its Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, and now AFib ablation, which is the most advanced treatment, will be available at Inova Loudoun Hospital. 

AFib ablation – also called heart ablation or cardiac ablation – uses a catheter to apply heat or cold energy to a small amount of heart tissue, interrupting the abnormal electrical impulses in the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. It has been shown to reduce or eliminate AFib episodes and improve outcomes for many patients. 

“As part of our mission to provide world-class healthcare, this expansion of cardiovascular services will help to ensure that patients from communities near our Lansdowne campus will be able to receive a wider range of heart rhythm care closer to home,” said Brett Atwater, MD, an electrophysiologist with Inova Arrhythmia and Director of Electrophysiology for IHVI.

“The atrial fibrillation ablation program at Inova Loudoun Hospital will be state-of-the-art providing a comprehensive patient centered treatment that will add a significant enhancement to our arrhythmia service line” said Chirag Sandesara, MD, an electrophysiologist with Virginia Heart and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Procedures will be offered Monday through Friday based on provider availability. A total of four physicians are credentialed to perform AFib ablation at Inova Loudoun Hospital: Brett Atwater, MD, Chirag Sandesara, MD, Jeff Lee, MD  , Vineet Kumar, MD

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