AFib Ablation Consultations and Procedures Now Available at Inova Loudoun Hospital

Leesburg, VA – Inova Loudoun Hospital is proud to announce beginning July 2021, atrial fibrillation (AFib) ablation procedures will be available at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI) – Schaufeld Family Heart Center on the Lansdowne Campus.

AFib is a heart rhythm problem that causes an irregular pulse. It’s a common condition, affecting approximately 2.7 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association. Untreated, AFib can cause symptoms including palpitations, fatigue, and shortness of breath and can lead to serious health issues, such as an increased risk of stroke and heart failure. IHVI offers the full spectrum of treatment options for this disorder at its Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, and now AFib ablation, which is the most advanced treatment, will be available at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

AFib ablation – also called heart ablation or cardiac ablation – uses a catheter to apply heat or cold energy to a small amount of heart tissue, interrupting the abnormal electrical impulses in the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. It has been shown to reduce or eliminate AFib episodes and improve outcomes for many patients.

“As part of our mission to provide world-class healthcare, this expansion of cardiovascular services will help to ensure that patients from communities near our Lansdowne campus will be able to receive a wider range of heart rhythm care closer to home,” said Brett Atwater, MD, an electrophysiologist with Inova Arrhythmia and Director of Electrophysiology for IHVI.

“The atrial fibrillation ablation program at Inova Loudoun Hospital will be state-of-the-art providing a comprehensive patient centered treatment that will add a significant enhancement to our arrhythmia service line” said Chirag Sandesara, MD, an electrophysiologist with Virginia Heart and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Procedures will be offered Monday through Friday based on provider availability. A total of four physicians are credentialed to perform AFib ablation at Inova Loudoun Hospital:

(L to R): Vineet Kumar, MD; Chirag Sandesara, MD; Jeff Lee, MD and Brett Atwater, MD

Learn more about Inova’s atrial fibrillation services at

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About Inova Loudoun Hospital
Founded in 1912, Inova Loudoun Hospital is a 311-bed nationally recognized hospital committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate care for the entire family.  Inova Loudoun Hospital is ranked among the top hospitals in the country for nursing excellence, emergency care services, and patient safety. Inova Loudoun Hospital is also a Joint Commission Center of Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacement, Perinatal Care, Spinal Surgery, and Stroke Care.

Inova Loudoun Hospital offers family-centered care with its children’s emergency room, children’s inpatient unit, NICU, and hospital-based natural birth center and is home to Loudoun County’s only designated trauma center. Inova Loudoun Hospital’s two additional 24/7 free-standing emergency rooms (ERs), located in Ashburn and Leesburg, are Joint Commission Certified Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals (ASRH).

About Inova
Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 18,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes.  

Inova’s five hospitals are consistently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for excellence in healthcare.

Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at

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