The heart rhythm management program at Franciscan Health provides care for patients who have had or may be at risk for arrhythmias.
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition where the upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly and often at such a high rate that the heart can’t pump blood effectively. This can cause blood to pool in the chambers and form clots – which may result in a stroke.
Some people may have AFib and will not notice any symptoms. Others may experience dizziness, faintness, shortness of breath or chest pain.
Several factors can increase your risk for atrial fibrillation, including:
If you have any concerns about your heart rhythm or symptoms, be sure to check with your family doctor or a cardiologist.
Your physician or cardiologist may order an electrocardiogram or EKG to track your heart rhythm or an electrophysiology study to map the electrical system of the heart and identify areas that may not be working properly.
At Franciscan Health, our cardiologists create a personalized treatment plan based on your specific causes and factors and monitor how you respond.