Atrial Fibrillation

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:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations (fluttering in the chest)
  • Chest discomfort
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness

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.

Contact the Center for Atrial Fibrillation

Call us at 1-855-UPMC-HVI (876-2484), email us, or request an appointment online.

Additional Resources

Learn about UPMC's Cardiology Telemedicine Services.

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