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Steps for First Appointment

Before we can schedule you for an appointment, please complete a series of five surveys to help us assess your needs and assemble the necessary team of specialists to meet with you during your first visit to the AFib Center. In addition, survey results will help us determine the severity of your AFib symptoms and risk factors, including the risk of stroke, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, and obesity.

Inova may offer virtual appointments to new or existing patients in Virginia, and existing patients from Washington, DC, Pennsylvania or West Virginia. Please call our office at 571-472-2342 to discuss your needs and eligibility for virtual appointments.

STEP 1: Take the Care Optimization Survey Series (10-15 Min)

Please click the following link to begin the series of survey forms, which take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The surveys will also be in your MyChart appointment reminder.

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STEP 2: We Will Assess Your AFib Treatment Needs

After assessing your survey results, our care team will determine if you are a good candidate for treatment at the AFib Center. If so, we will determine which specialists you need to see and schedule your initial visit.

STEP 3: We Will Contact You

Our clinical team will contact you to discuss the next steps.

STEP 4: Watch Videos Prior to Appointment

Watch our introductory videos to get to know our team, our center and what to expect.

STEP 5: First Appointment

On the day of your appointment, you'll arrive at the Inova AFib Center (8081 Innovation Park Dr., #602, Fairfax, VA 22031) at your scheduled time to meet with your designated team of specialists. The office is located inside the Inova Specialty Center, on the Inova Center for Personalized Health campus, directly across Gallows Road from Inova Fairfax Hospital, near the intersection of Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard).

Our Specialists

Select a dropdown arrow below to learn about the various specialists collaborating on patient care at the Inova AFib Center. Then, visit our team page to learn more.

Electrophysiologist (EP)

Electrophysiologists are cardiologists with additional training in electrical impulses in the heart. They diagnose and treat disruptions in the normal heart rhythm (arrhythmias), including AFib, and are trained to use specialized testing, devices, and catheterization procedures, including catheter ablation. The EP will lead your AFib care and may prescribe medication and lifestyle changes, in addition to performing any necessary procedures.


If you aren't already working with a cardiologist, we can provide one. Cardiology focuses on all heart disorders through surgery and other treatment options.

Sleep Specialist

Half of the patients with AFib are also estimated to have sleep apnea. If left untreated over time, sleep apnea can lead to the onset of risk factors such as hypertension and diabetes that predispose a person to AFib. In fact, patients with sleep apnea have four times the risk of developing AFib. Our sleep specialist will help manage sleep apnea if present.

Weight Management Specialist

Because obesity is a well-established risk factor for AFib, if you are experiencing (or are at risk for) obesity, we will discuss programs and services to help our patients manage their weight. Exercise and weight loss can improve outcomes for patients with established AFib.

Behavioral Health Specialist

Coping with a complex condition like AFib can take a toll your mental health. Our behavioral health team helps AFib patients focus on the connection between a patient's psychological and physical health.

Clinical Pharmacist

Patients with AFib may receive long-term oral anticoagulation medication to help prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke, as well as antiarrhythmic medication to prevent and treat their abnormal heartbeats. Our pharmacist can both prescribe and explain these medications to you.