Cardiologists at Ascension sites of care deliver non-surgical treatments to correct arrhythmias, irregular heart rhythms, and help prevent stroke.
About Atrial fibrillation (AFib) and heart rhythm disorders
Heart doctors who specialize in irregular heartbeat
A heart that flutters may be a sign of atrial fibrillation (AFib). Cardiologists who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of heart rhythm problems, called cardiac electrophysiologists, deliver personalized care for heart rhythm disorders.
Diagnostic tests help us understand why your heart is racing or flutters. Heart rhythm disorders can weaken your heart muscle or form a blood clot inside your heart. That’s why having AFib is a risk factor for stroke and heart failure. Blood thinners are often part of a care plan to help reduce your risk for stroke. Our doctors also specialize in cardiac ablation. The use of pacemakers and defibrillators can help manage other severe heart rhythm problems.
We start by listening to better understand you and your health. Then, we create a personalized care plan that’s right for you. Your care plan may include:
- Blood-thinners to help reduce the risk of stroke
- Ablation, a non-surgical procedure to help correct a rapid, irregular heartbeat
- Device implants to help reduce stroke risk
Symptoms of atrial fibrillation may be subtle
If you have AFib, you may not experience any symptoms. Some symptoms of AFib include:
- Irregular heart beat
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Fluttering in your chest
- Fast heart beat
- Feeling out of breath with exercise or activity
- Feeling weak and tired
- Chest pain or discomfort*
*Chest pain or stroke symptoms are a medical emergency. At our hospitals, we provide 24/7 emergency care for your heart or for stroke. If you are experiencing a heart or stroke emergency, call 911 and go to the nearest ER.
Get a second opinion for your AFib treatment plan
Whether you're dealing with a new diagnosis or deciding on a heart care plan, there's a lot to think about. We can connect you with the cardiologist and care team that is right for you.
Our cardiovascular specialists are part of an integrated, national network of heart care, sharing best practices and offering evaluation and treatment of the most routine and most advanced heart conditions. Getting the right care at the right time is critical for your health.