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Atrial Fibrillation

An estimated 2.2 million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation (AFib) -- an irregular heartbeat that many people don’t even know they have. People with AFib are five times more likely to have a stroke.

The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation Program takes a team approach to determining individualized treatment for each patient. We offer medical consultation and state-of-the-art therapies, informed by the expertise of an electrophysiologist, cardiothoracic surgeon, structural heart disease specialist, pharmacist, social worker and nurse coordinator.

Our nurse coordinator expedites the process for each patient through diagnosis, testing and treatment.

What causes AFib?

The most common cause of AFib is high blood pressure that causes structural changes in the upper chambers of the heart. Other causes are disorders of the valves and of the heart muscle itself.

What are the complications of untreated AFib?

The most devastating complication is stroke and blood clots becoming lodged in other vital organs. Increased heart rate during atrial fibrillation can lead to heart failure and cause symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain and swelling.

How is AFib treated?

Treatments for AFib vary from conservative alternatives, such as blood thinning medicines to reduce the risk of stroke, to various procedural or surgical interventions. Our team of specialists are knowledgeable about the latest modern therapies, including procedural ablation, minimally invasive surgical procedures and a specialized implant known as the WATCHMAN Device. We work with each patient to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

What is the WATCHMAN Device?

While blood thinners are often prescribed for AFib patients to prevent dangerous blood clots, some patients tolerate them better than others. For patients with Afib not caused by a valve problem, we offer a proven alternative for reducing stroke risk --- a specialized, FDA-approved implant called the WATCHMAN Device. Inserted into the heart during a minimally invasive procedure, this device helps reduce stroke risk for a lifetime.

What surgical treatments do you offer for AFib?

Our specialists in The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery can advise you whether you are a candidate for surgical intervention for AFib. Treatments include:

  • Catheter ablation
  • Cox-Maze
  • CryoMaze
  • Atrial Clip

Learn more about surgical interventions for AFib.

Schedule an Appointment

To make an appointment, contact our AFib program coordinator today at 419.383 (AFIB) 2342 or Afib@utoledo.edu.

Last Updated: 6/27/22