The Most Important Thing to Know About Atrial Fibrillation Is the Right Physician
More than two million people suffer from atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat).
— The Journal of the American Medical Association
At the Scott & White Heart and Vascular Institute, our physicians are specially trained and among the country’s finest in treating abnormal heart rhythms like atrial fibrillation (A-fib). Working in electrophysiology laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the members of our Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing team are able to provide you with advanced diagnostic and treatment services.
A-fib is one of several kinds of heart arrhythmias — problems with the rate (pulse) or rhythm of your heartbeat. An arrhythmia can cause your heart to beat too fast (tachycardia) or too slow (bradycardia) or with an irregular rhythm. A pacemaker may be required if your heart is beating irregularly or too slowly.
Common types of arrhythmia include:
- Atrial fibrillation and flutter – abnormal heartbeat in which the heart rhythm is fast and irregular
- Supraventricular tachycardia – an occasional rapid heart rate
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome – one of the most common causes of fast heart rate disorders in infants and children
- Premature ventrical beats (ectopic heartbeat) – involves extra or skipped heartbeats
- Ventricular tachycardia – a rapid heartbeat that starts in the ventricles
- Sinus bradycardia – slow heart rates from the natural pacemaker of the heart