Atrial Fibrillation Program at UMass Memorial

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Published on March 7, 2014

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The goal of our atrial fibrillation team is to improve
your health by reducing symptoms, preventing
complications, improving quality of life and
preventing long-term illness.

Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program The goal of our atrial fibrillation About Our Centers of Excellence — The Cancer, Diabetes, Heart and Vascular, and Orthopedics Centers of Excellence deliver seamless programs of quality and compassionate care for patients across our health care system. Developed to meet the needs of our community, our centers offer an experienced team approach to specialized treatment, advanced therapies and breakthrough clinical trials. Our highly trained physicians and staff provide patientcentered care in modern facilities with the latest technologies as we educate tomorrow’s health care leaders and advance science through research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. team is to improve your health by reducing symptoms, preventing complications, improving quality of life and preventing long-term illness. Our experts use the latest technology, and work with you to develop a treatment plan. UMassMemorial Health Care UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central New England with more than 13,000 employees and nearly 2,000 physicians, many of whom are members of UMass Memorial Medical Group. Our member hospitals and entities include Clinton Hospital, HealthAlliance Hospital, Marlborough Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers and Community Healthlink, our behavioral health agency. With our teaching and research partner, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, our extensive primary care network and our Cancer, Diabetes, Heart and Vascular, and Musculoskeletal Centers of Excellence we deliver seamless programs of quality and compassionate care for patients across our health care system. Follow umassmemorial on: Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program UMass Memorial Medical Center 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655 Tel: 877-617-AFIB (2342) www.umassmemorial.org/afib UMassMemorial Health Care Rev 0113 MRKTG

What Is Atrial Fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia, or irregular heart rhythm, worldwide. It affects more than 2.3 million people in the United States alone, and this number is expected to grow as our population ages. Atrial fibrillation is a major cause of disability among In addition, people with abnormal heart valves, lung disease, including sleep apnea, thyroid disease, and/or diabetes, may develop atrial fibrillation. Sometimes, healthy people can develop atrial fibrillation from increased use of alcohol or caffeine, stress, fatigue and exercise. Americans. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include: Atrial fibrillation results from abnormal electrical • Heart palpitations (pounding in the chest) function in your heart’s upper chambers. Instead of • Irregular pulse or heart rate contracting or squeezing normally, these chambers • Weakness fibrillate or “quiver,” causing fast, irregular heart rates, • Lightheadedness and poor pumping of blood. • Confusion People with atrial fibrillation may have severe symptoms • Shortness of breath and may also develop serious complications, including • Chest pain or pressure About Our Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program stroke, heart failure (decreased pumping function of • Fatigue The goal of our atrial fibrillation team is to improve • Decreased energy level or level of activity your health by reducing symptoms, preventing the heart) and death. • Passing out/fainting complications, improving quality of life and preventing long-term illness. Our experts use the What Causes Atrial Fibrillation? latest technology and work with you to develop a Although atrial fibrillation may run in your family, in How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated? most cases diseases of the heart and blood vessels such Treatment of atrial fibrillation focuses on reducing your as hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary artery symptoms and preventing complications. Medications disease (blockages in the blood vessels of the heart) and are often used to control heart rate and prevent blood heart failure are thought to lead to its development. clots and stroke. Sometimes electrical cardioversion treatment plan that may include the following: • Advanced arrhythmia monitoring • Anti-arrhythmic medications • Anti-coagulant medications, known as blood (shock therapy) and special medications called anti- thinners (managed by our award-winning arrhythmics are used to restore and maintain a normal Anticoagulation Clinic nurses, technicians and Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms heart rhythm. Exciting new atrial fibrillation treatment physicians) The symptoms of atrial fibrillation are different for each options including ablation therapies (nonsurgical • Electrical cardioversion or shock therapy person. You may experience few, if any, symptoms. procedures) are available through programs like the • Catheter-based, nonsurgical ablation procedures However, if you have symptoms they may affect your Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program at UMass Memorial quality of life. Symptoms vary by age, how fast your Medical Center. heart beats, and the presence of other medical • Surgical atrial fibrillation ablation procedures (including minimally invasive procedures) conditions. For information about our treatment program, contact our program coordinator at 877-617-AFIB (2342).

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