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Atrial Fibrillation Treatment


Atrial Fibrillation (also called AF or AFib) is a common heart rhythm disorder caused by rapid and uncoordinated conduction of electrical impulses from the upper chambers of the heart.

AFib affects more than 2 million people in the U.S. with about 160,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. It is a leading cause of stroke and can lead to early heart failure and the need for a pacemaker if not treated appropriately.

Risk Factors For Atrial Fibrillation

There are multiple risk factors for developing AFib, including:

  • Existing heart disease, such as coronary artery disease or valve disease
  • Inflamed heart muscle or lining
  • Previous heart attack, congestive heart failure, or recent heart surgery
  • Stress or fatigue
  • Excess caffeine or alcohol
  • Smoking

Treatment Options For Afib

Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation may include:

  • Medication
  • Electrical cardioversion
  • Radio Frequency and Cryo-balloon catheter ablation
  • Surgical treatment, including the minimally invasive Maze procedure

Learn More About Afib Treatment At St. Joseph's

To find a doctor who treats afib at St. Joseph's, call 602.406.7564.