Atrial Fibrillation(AFib) Treatment

When the heart is functioning in perfect rhythm, the human body is performing at a very high level. But when this muscle, no bigger than your fist, begins to malfunction, it can have a significant impact on the entire body. 

What is afib?

Atrial fibrillation is a heart arrhythmia condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly and often times too quickly or too slowly.  When this occurs, the normal beating in the upper chamber of the heart is irregular and blood doesn’t flow as it should to the lower chamber. People can have brief episodes of AFib or it can be a chronic condition.

How common is atrial fibrillation?

AFib impacts nearly 3 million Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Atrial Fibrillation is one of the biggest causes of stroke in the U.S., and those with AFib tend to have much more significant strokes.

What causes afib?

Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Age is also a factor in developing the condition.

How is atrial fibrillation treated? 

Each person and condition are evaluated and we recommend the best choice of treatment. 

Medications to correct AFib can be effective and some patients are also placed on blood thinning medications to prevent blood clots from developing and reduce the risk of a stroke. 

Cryoablation treatment for atrial fibrillation

In addition to medications, AFib patients may require assistance from an ablation procedure to correct the irregular heart rhythm or a medical device such as a pacemaker. Learn more about cryoblation to treat atrial fibrillation. 

WATCHMAN procedure to treat afib

At Methodist, we bring the skills of a cardiologist, an electrophysisist and an interventional radiologist together in a team approach to a new alternative treatment for atrial fibrillation. Learn more about the minimally-invasive WATCHMANprocedure to treat afib.

Specially-designed surgical suites 

At Methodist we perform almost twice as many surgeries as any other Nebraska hospital. The surgical suites were expanded and rennovated in 2017 to employ advanced technology and minimize patient stays.

Should your treatment include surgery, learn more about the surgical services at Methodist.