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Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib or AF) is a type of irregular heartbeat. It occurs when one or both of the upper chambers of the heart—called the atria—beat erratically. More than 2.3 million people in the united States have A-Fib.
A-Fib is the most common heart arrhythmia. Eight out of every 100 people over the age of 65 are diagnosed with A-Fib. Although it usually occurs in adults older than 60, younger adults can also develop A-Fib. You should know that A-Fib puts you at five times greater risk of a stroke. Our electrophysiologists (heart rhythm doctors) offer a complete A-Fib management center.
The goals of treatment for A-Fib are:
- Return the heart to a normal rhythm
- Control the heart rate
- Prevent blood clots and strokes
- Treat the cause(s) of A-Fib
- Reduce the risk factors that may lead to A-Fib getting worse
Treatment options offered by The A-Fib Center include:
- Medication therapy
- Catheter ablation
- Surgical ablation
To hear Dr. Kumbar, President of The Heart Group and Electrophysiologist, explain A-Fib in more detail, click on the video below and you will be redirected for viewing.