Anesthesia for Atrial Fibrillation

This information is useful for adults and older adults
A view of an emergency operating room where anesthesia for atrial fibrillation may be delivered to a patient.

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.