Atrial Fibrillation Management
What is it?
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia, involving an irregular and rapid heart beat. It is caused by the conduction of irregular impulses to the ventricles which generate the heart beat. While a healthy heart beat is directed by the heart's sinoatrial node, atrial fibrillation is caused when these normal impulses are overwhelmed by disorganized impulses from the atria and pulmonary veins. This leads the upper chambers of the heart (atria) to quiver (fibrillate). Symptoms may include shortness of breath, lack of energy, heart palpitations, dizziness, or chest discomfort. Since many different conditions, such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and valve disease can increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, it is critical to fight the condition's underlying cause. Left untreated, atrial fibrillation can lead to increased risk of stroke and sudden cardiac death.
The Loyola difference
Loyola has the largest atrial fibrillation management program in Chicago. Our multidisciplinary team of leading electrophysiologists, cardiologists, advanced practice nurses, technical staff, imaging experts, and other professionals allow Loyola to tailor our therapy to each patient to reduce risks of stroke, eliminate symptoms, and improve overall quality of life.
Loyola is a nationally recognized leader in cardiac care. U.S. News & World Report ranked us 18th in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery in 2012, making this our 10th year in the top 50.
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