Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is the most common heart rhythm abnormality that starts in the atria. Paroxysmal (intermittent) or persistent AF affects approximately 2.2 million people in the U.S. Atrial fibrillation increases with age and is a major cause of stroke.
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.
The Center for Atrial Fibrillation is a multidisciplinary specialty treatment group dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of AF.
In addition to diagnosing atrial fibrillation, we:
- Have national expertise in current, state-of-the-art atrial fibrillation treatments.
- Help people with atrial fibrillation manage a wide range of healthcare goals, lifestyle choices, and self-monitoring responsibilities.
- Educate our patients and their families about atrial fibrillation. We know from experience that patients who understand their diagnosis become more active in their treatment, which can make a difference in their recovery.
Each of our providers is dedicated to applying the latest atrial fibrillation research and knowledge to offer the safest, most effective options in patient care. It is with this knowledge that we discover atrial fibrillation causes and consequences, and develop treatment options.
One of the goals of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation is to restore and protect good quality of life for people with atrial fibrillation.
Through screening, we hope to reach as many people with atrial fibrillation as possible so we can reduce their risk for stroke and other cardiovascular events.
Our center works closely with:
- Primary care physicians to consider atrial fibrillation early in their diagnostic efforts
- Cardiology groups throughout the region and the country to share expert advice and insight
- Colleagues to achieve optimal outcomes for people with atrial fibrillation
By raising public and professional awareness of this condition, we may be able to encourage earlier intervention and avoid the potentially debilitating consequences of atrial fibrillation.