Anesthesia for Atrial Fibrillation

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A view of an emergency operating room.
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine Cardiac Anesthesiology is a national leader in clinical care.
  • Our highly skilled cardiac anesthesiologists closely monitor patients during surgery.
  • We deliver cardiac anesthesiology services to over 1,250 patients annually.

For people with atrial fibrillation (A-fib), the heart skipping a beat has nothing to with falling in love. Irregular heartbeats are caused by electrical malfunctions in the heart that disturb its rhythm. When undergoing a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia, they benefit from the specialized care of cardiac anesthesiologists.

Patients with atrial fibrillation usually are taking blood thinners prescribed to help prevent stroke, and they may have low blood pressure, which an anesthesiologist needs to monitor carefully during surgery. At Yale Medicine Cardiac Anesthesiology, we work closely with our patients so that we know their medical history and tailor any anesthesia that's administered to their exact needs, keeping patients safe and comfortable during their procedures.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.