UPMC Center for Atrial Fibrillation
The heart is a pump. Like any pump, it requires a timer. Atrial fibrillation happens when the timer inefficiently beats faster.
This defect of heart timing, or rhythm, may cause symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Palpitations (fluttering in the chest)
- Chest discomfort
Atrial fibrillation is a complex disease often missed in routine exams. Many times, a diagnosis uncovers other heart–related problems.
Although it usually isn't a direct cause of death, atrial fibrillation should be taken seriously. It may cause serious life-altering illness, such as stroke.
How We Can Help
At the UPMC Center for Atrial Fibrillation, we believe that early detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation lead to better results.
In addition to diagnosing atrial fibrillation, we:
Our goals at the Center for Atrial Fibrillation are to give you an active role in your treatment and help you restore a good quality of life.