For the Newly Diagnosed
When diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, you need to find the best heart rhythm specialist (a cardiac electrophysiologist, or EP) you can afford.
From Michele Straub, now free of A-Fib after 30 years, comes this:
“My advice to those with A-Fib: Go to an electrophysiologist A-Fib expert right away, one with a high success rate at getting patients back into normal rhythm — you deserve nothing less.”
How to Find the Right Doctor
Go to our A-Fib.com page to learn how to find the right doctor for you and your treatment goals.
1. “I like my Cardiologist, but he has not talked about me seeing an Electrophysiologist. Should I ask for a second opinion from another Cardiologist?”
Most definitely seek a second opinion about your atrial fibrillation and treatment options. But get a second opinion from an Electrophysiologist, rather than a cardiologist.
An Electrophysiologist is a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm problems (the electrical functions of the heart). In fact, it’s easy to find a local Electrophysiologist yourself. The website of the Heart Rhythm Society has a feature called ‘Finding A Heart Rhythm Specialist‘. When you type in your U.S state and city, or country, the site gives you a list of Electrophysiologists in your area. However, not all Electrophysiologists specialize in A-Fib.
For an in-depth discussion about selecting an electrophysciologist and a step-by-step guide, see the A-Fib.com sections Finding the Right Doctor for You and Your A-Fib, Questions For Doctors and Directory of Doctors and Facilities. We offer many resources to help you select the right Electrophysiologist for you and your treatment goals.