Cavanagh Heart Center, located at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., has an nationally recognized team of atrial-fibrilation specialists.
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.
Currently 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:
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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