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Atrial Fibrillation

 

Treatment for atrial fibrillation is available at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, Arizona.Cavanagh Heart Center, located at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., has a nationally recognized team of atrial-fibrillation specialists.

Patients from across the Southwest come to Cavanagh Heart Center for our expertise in performing complex heart ablation  and Maze heart procedures to correct atrial fibrillation, also known as Afib.

Afib is the most common type of irregular heartbeats. If you have atrial fibrillation you experience a rapid heartbeat when certain parts of your heart contract quickly in an irregular pattern. Atrial fibrillation can cause your heart to work harder than normal and limit the amount of blood it supplies to the rest of your body.

The Cavanagh Heart Center team is part of a national Stop-AF Trial to test the effectiveness of cryoballoon ablation for Afib.

Cavanagh Heart Center electrophysiologists perform a high volume of cases each year. Physicians from other parts of the country come to Cavanagh Heart Center to learn new procedures and techniques from our electrophysiology experts.

Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms

Afib symptoms vary widely:

  • Racing pulse
  • Fluttering 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Fatigue and even fainting
  • Some people show no symptoms

If your health care provider believes you have afib, you will likely be tested with coronary angiography, echocardiogram, electrophysiologic study, exercise treadmill test, or a nuclear imaging test.

 Atrial Fibrillation Causes

Atrial fibrillation can be caused by:

  • Alcohol use
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart surgery
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Medications
  • Overactive thyroid gland
  • Pericarditis
  • Valvular heart disease

Atrial Fibrillation Treatments

The Cavanagh Heart Center offers these treatments:

If  the heartbeat needs to be controlled immediately, patients may be given intravenous drugs or an electrical shock to restore an acceptable rhythm until a long-term solution can be determined.



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1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 839-2000
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