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Atrial Fibrillation
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Mandeep Bhargava, MD

  • Staff Cardiologist
  • Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing

Walid Saliba, MD

  • Medical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Co-Director of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Center

Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is the most common heart rhythm abnormality that starts in the atria. Approximately 2.2 million people in America and 4.5 million in the European Union have paroxysmal or persistent AF. Please join us to have your Atrial Fibrillation questions answered by staff cardiologist Mandeep Bhargava, MD, and Medical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation, Walid Saliba, MD.

When someone has AF, the sinus node (SA node) doesn’t properly direct the heart’s electrical rhythm. Many different impulses rapidly fire at the same time, causing a very fast and chaotic rhythm in the atria (upper chambers of the heart). Because the electrical impulses are so fast and chaotic, the atria cannot contract and/or squeeze blood effectively into the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). This decreases the heart’s pumping ability and increases the risk for blood clots. Cleveland Clinic's Center for Atrial Fibrillation is a multidisciplinary specialty treatment group dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of AF– whether it is chronic (persistent) or paroxysmal (comes and goes). Since 2004, we have seen thousands of patients in the center.

Mandeep Bhargava, MD, is a Staff Cardiologist in the Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing, Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miler Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Bhargava’s specialty interests include Atrial Fibrillation, Supraventricular Tachycardias (SVTs), WPW syndrome, ventricular tachycardias, catheter ablations, pulmonary vein isolation, epicardial interventions, cardiac resynchronization therapy, biventricular pacing, defibrillators, pacemakers, long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, and lead extractions.

Dr. Bhargava received his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, India. He was adjudged the “Best Medical Graduate" of the University of Delhi and was honored with the R. Vishwanathan Gold Medal by then-Vice President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma. Dr. Bhargava completed his residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in cardiology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India. At the completion of his residency, he was named Best Outgoing Postgraduate Student in Medicine. He completed his advanced fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, and served as the chief fellow for the program.

Walid Saliba, MD, is Director of the Electrophysiology Lab, Associate Section Head of the Pacing and Electrophysiology Section, Co-Director of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Center, Medical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation, and a Staff Cardiologist in the Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.

Dr. Saliba is trained in all aspects of clinical cardiac electrophysiology and pacing, including catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias, implantation of cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, placement of left atrial occlusion devices and extraction of implanted pacemaker- and ICD leads using laser technology. His specialty interests include Atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, abnormal heart rhythms, supraventricular tachycardia, epicardial ablation, biventricular pacemaker, catheter ablation, lead extraction, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, pacemaker implant, atrial fibrillation ablation, and left atrial appendage occlusion.

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