Center of Excellence for Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular, fast heart rhythm caused by abnormal and chaotic electrical signals in the upper chambers—or atria—of the heart. The atria beat out of sync with the lower chambers, or ventricles, causing poor blood flow to the body.
Atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib, is the second most common cardiac diagnosis; in fact, 25 percent of adults over age 40 will develop atrial fibrillation in their lifetime. At greatest risk are people who have heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes, or are over age 65.
Without treatment, A-Fib can lead to stroke and heart failure-shortening life and seriously impacting quality of life. But A-Fib can be treated, especially with early intervention.
At the St. Luke's Heart Center of Excellence for Atrial Fibrillation, our expert team of cardiologists, surgeons, and highly trained staff work together to provide the right diagnosis and treatment for every patient, with a personalized treatment plan based on their unique medical issues. We utilize a variety of methods to manage and treat A-Fib, including medication therapy, non-surgical catheter procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and advanced surgical options.
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
- Irregular, fast heartbeat or palpitations
- Extreme fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your primary care provider right away.