Atrial fibrillation, also known as AF or AFib, is a type of rapid, irregular heartbeat. It occurs when a storm of electrical impulses spreads through your heart. This “storm” causes the chambers of the heart (atria) to quiver or contract rapidly.
When your heartbeat becomes irregular or racing, our experts can help restore your heart rhythm. We were the first in the world to offer 4-D ultrasound technology allowing cardiologists to see deeper into the structures of the heart.
Our Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Center is the only center in Wisconsin – and one of only a few nationwide – that offers minimally invasive hybrid procedures to correct the heart rhythm of people living with complex atrial fibrillation (AFib). Find out more about our Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Center.
Feeling your heart fluttering, or feeling chest pain, can be scary. Many times, these sensations don’t indicate anything serious. But when they come back, or when they’re severe, it’s a good idea to have a doctor evaluate your health.
Most people experience AFib as one or more of the following symptoms:
For some people, AFib may only last a short time, but it may come back over and over. For others, it can become permanent. This is known as chronic atrial fibrillation.
AFib becomes more common as people age. Additionally, risk factors for AFib include:
AFib can lead to other health issues if it isn’t treated. These complications can include:
Most people first notice atrial fibrillation as a fluttering sensation in the chest. Heart problems can be serious, so if you suspect a heart issue, it is important to talk with your doctor.
Other times, a doctor detects AFib when you’re receiving other tests or treatment.
Either way, to diagnose AFib and develop the best treatment for you, we may use tests and diagnostic procedures, such as:
Learn more about heart and vascular testing and diagnosis at Aurora.
The treatment for AFib depends on how often you have symptoms, their severity and whether you already have heart disease. People who have AFib but don’t have symptoms may still need treatment.
Depending on the cause of the AFib, we may prescribe one or more treatments including:
Learn more about Aurora Health Care’s Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Center.