Duke provides comprehensive care to patients with atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia in the United States, affecting around 2.2 million Americans.
Atrial fibrillation (sometimes referred to as AFib or AF) occurs when the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat fast and irregularly.
Atrial fibrillation isn’t typically life threatening, but it is associated with an increased risk of stroke or other complications.
Treatment options range from standard medications to complex catheter-based or surgical procedures for cure.
We offer state-of-the-art technologies to our patients -- such as advanced computer-based catheter mapping and robotic navigation systems to guide catheter ablation, and advanced systems for catheter-based or surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation.
Each year thousands of patients undergo treatment at Duke University Medical Center to control atrial fibrillation. Duke physicians have documented some of the lowest complication rates for patients who undergo catheter ablation compared with many other centers in North Carolina and around the world.
The vast experience of our staff, garnered from years of focus treating this important medical condition, assures that patients’ individual needs will be recognized and that each patient will receive a comprehensive and customized therapy plan.
All therapy options -- including new and investigational therapies -- are available to choose from.
Some people with AF have no symptoms at all -- they may not even be aware of the condition unless their doctor discovers it during a routine exam, during evaluation for a stroke, due to a decrease in heart function, or some other medical condition.
Others experience symptoms that come and go when the atrial fibrillation itself comes and goes. Lastly, some people have symptoms all the time when the atrial fibrillation arrhythmia is present all the time. These individuals often complain of generalized fatigue, breathlessness, or the inability to engage in vigorous activity.
Those who are symptomatic can experience any of the following:
Atrial fibrillation can be diagnosed either by documenting the abnormal heart rhythm with an ECG when symptoms are present, or by recording AF with an ECG taken for another reason. People with or without symptoms can have AF diagnosed using any of the recording methods listed below.
Comprehensive treatment of atrial fibrillation is available at the Duke Center for Atrial Fibrillation including:
For an appointment, please call 1-888-ASK-DUKE (1-888-275-3853) or request an appointment online.
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