Recovery & Support for Atrial Fibrillation & Atrial Flutter in Adults

At NYU Langone’s Heart Rhythm Center our cardiac electrophysiology team provides ongoing continuity of care for people who have been treated for atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. This includes follow-up care after catheter ablation and management of cardiac devices. Our cardiac electrophysiologists collaborate with cardiologists to help manage your care.

Postprocedure Care

For two to six weeks after a catheter ablation, you may experience arrhythmias. Our team of specialists is available around-the-clock to provide continued, coordinated care.

If these irregular heartbeats continue for more than 24 hours, contact your NYU Langone heart rhythm specialist, who may prescribe medication to restore a normal heart rhythm. At times, an additional catheter ablation procedure may be performed.

Cardiac Device Management

Our experts provide in-office and remote monitoring to manage cardiac devices and to check for signs of arrhythmias or heart failure. Our team of cardiac device management experts provides ongoing monitoring of cardiac devices, such as CardioMEMSTM and implantable loop recorders.

Monitoring takes place at our Heart Rhythm Center or, in most cases, via telephone lines, cellular networks, or the internet. This monitoring ensures that the device is working properly to control the heart rhythm or symptoms of heart failure.

Psychological Services

NYU Langone doctors understand that anxiety and depression can sometimes accompany heart rhythm disorders. Your doctor can refer you to a psychologist or social worker for therapy or group sessions to help you cope. Family members and significant others are encouraged to participate as well.

Stress Management

Experts at the Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease offer a variety of techniques, including massage therapy and acupuncture, to help reduce stress. People may also benefit from tai chi, an ancient form of exercise that consists of a series of simple body movements held for varying periods. Many people find that tai chi boosts energy, reduces stress, and improves strength. 

Specialists at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation also teach stress reduction skills. You can participate in individual or group sessions that take place over six weeks. 

Nutrition Guidance

Lifestyle changes can help prevent or manage arrhythmias. Registered dietitians offer a nutritional evaluation and help you make healthful dietary choices. They also help you better understand the impact of diet on conditions that affect the heart, including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and heart disease.

Occupational Therapy and Cognitive Therapy

Sometimes, a cardiac event, including stroke, can cause cognitive problems, such as memory loss. These problems can affect the ability to work or perform daily activities. Cognitive and occupational therapists at Rusk Rehabilitation can help you improve your ability to function, so you can better adapt to any challenges you may be experiencing.

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