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
Treatment Options For Afib
Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation may include:
- 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) 406-1150.