Atrial Fibrillation | Loyola Medicine

Atrial Fibrillation

Diagnosis and Treatment for Common Heart Arrhythmia

Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia, is one of the many heart conditions diagnosed and treated by the highly skilled cardiologists at Loyola Medicine.
Atrial fibrillation is a rapid and irregular heartbeat, caused by the conduction of irregular impulses to the ventricles of your heart that generate your heartbeat. While a healthy heartbeat is directed by the heart's sinoatrial node, atrial fibrillation is caused when these normal impulses are overwhelmed by abnormal impulses from the upper chambers of the heart (atria) and pulmonary veins. This leads the atria to quiver (fibrillate).

Loyola’s multidisciplinary team of leading cardiac electrophysiologists, cardiologists, advanced practice nurses, technical staff, imaging experts and other professionals allow Loyola to tailor therapy to each patient to reduce risks of future heart issues, eliminate symptoms, and improve overall quality of life.

Why Choose Loyola for Atrial Fibrillation Management?

Loyola’s cardiology and heart surgery program is nationally recognized for the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm conditions. We work with you to help you understand your condition and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Loyola’s heart rhythm specialists are frequently at the forefront of new technology innovations for the treatment of patients, including magnetically guided catheter ablation, cryoablation and clinical trials.

How is Atrial Fibrillation Diagnosed?

Many different conditions, including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and valve disease can increase your risk of developing atrial fibrillation. Loyola’s multidisciplinary team is expert at recognizing the symptoms and diagnosing your condition’s underlying cause.  

Symptoms of atrial fibrillation may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath

To fully understand the root cause of your atrial fibrillation, doctors at Loyola will conduct a complete physical exam, which may include additional cardiac tests:

Throughout the diagnostic process, Loyola is committed to your compassionate care.

How is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?

Loyola has the largest atrial fibrillation management program in Chicago and is committed to developing a comprehensive treatment plan that is right for you. In addition to medication management, doctors at Loyola are skilled at the following surgical procedures to treat atrial fibrillation: