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Irregular heartbeat? We can help.

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common type of arrhythmia. It can feel like a quivering, fluttering, or pounding sensation, or as if your heart has “skipped a beat.” While AFib often isn’t painful, it can increase your risk of heart failure, stroke, and other serious conditions. Novant Health heart specialists can evaluate your symptoms to identify causes and help you take appropriate steps to protect your health.

Atrial fibrillation

What to expect

Possible treatments for arrhythmia

Whether you need monitoring or a surgery to implant a life-saving device,
our specialists will prepare personalized care to treat you.

Treatment for AFib can include:


Your provider may prescribe medication to help regulate your heart rate (such as a beta-blocker) or reduce your risk of blood clots or stroke (such as an anti-clotting medication).

Watchman implant

A minimally invasive procedure (normally includes an overnight recovery) that is often recommended for patients who experience bleeding or other complications from blood thinning medications. The Watchman Device is intended to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation-related stroke by closing the left atrial appendage.

Lifestyle changes

Because conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can affect heart function, lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Your provider may recommend an exercise regimen and nutritional changes to manage your AFib.


An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is an electronic device that delivers an electric shock to your heart when it detects a heartbeat that is too fast, chaotic or abnormal. This minor surgical procedure usually requires a 1 or 2-day hospital stay.

A pacemaker

A pacemaker is a device that delivers a small electrical charge to regulate your heart rate when it beats too quickly or too slowly. Pacemaker implantation is usually a minor surgical procedure, with a short hospital stay or none at all.

Catheter ablation

In a catheter ablation, heat, cold or radio energy is used to scar tissue in your heart where irregular beats are triggered. This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting a narrow tube into your heart through a vessel in the groin or arm, eliminating the need for open heart surgery.

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