Concerned About Afib? Duke Experts Can Help

Atrial fibrillation, also known as Afib, is an irregular heart beat and one of the most common types of arrhythmias, affecting millions of Americans. AFib is a serious condition -- without treatment, Afib can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, and even death. Duke electrophysiologists, cardiologists, and other heart specialists offer advanced treatments to manage your condition and avoid complications.

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What You Need to Know About Afib

Afib is most common in adults over the age of 65, and among those with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and family history. While Afib doesn’t always have symptoms, you may have Afib if you experience one or more of these symptoms:

  • Your heart beats too fast, flutters, or skips beats
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in your legs, ankles, or feet
  • Your smart watch or another device alerted you about an abnormal heart rate
Best Heart Hospital in North Carolina

When it comes to your heart care, you want the very best. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our cardiology and heart surgery program is nationally ranked, and the highest-ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2024–2025.

Duke Offers Advanced Care for Afib

If you’re at risk for Afib, Duke's team of heart specialists can help you prevent it. If you have experienced symptoms or if you’ve already been diagnosed with Afib, we offer new medications that can reduce symptoms and your risk of stroke, all with fewer side effects than older medications. We also offer more advanced treatments, including minimally invasive catheterization procedures and surgery, if medication alone isn’t effective.

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Afib Care at Duke

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