Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Treatment and Diagnosis
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common abnormal heart rhythm encountered in the aging population. During AFib episodes, the upper chambers of the heart no longer beat in a coordinated manner. Unmanaged AFib can lead to irregular heartbeats and blood clots, which can cause stroke, heart failure, and even death. At UI Health, we offer a full range of tests to diagnose AFib and provide the latest treatments to manage the heart rhythm disorder.
The AFib Clinic at UI Health was established in 2015 to provide a unique team approach to treating patients with atrial fibrillation. The AFib Clinic brings together cardiologists providers and cardiac researchers to better understand the causes of AFib, apply state-of-the-art therapies, and use genetics to identify and tailor therapies for individuals at risk for AFib.
At UI Health, AFib treatments offered include catheter-based ablation, the use of new pacemaker technologies, screening for genetic causes for AFib, access to new AFib treatments, and anticoagulation medications. We also offer a dedicated clinic for patients on blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin), which helps reduce the risk of stroke in AFib patients.
Currently, the AFib Clinic is staffed by five heart rhythm specialists:
We also have a dedicated AFib advanced practice nurse, Ms. Jennifer Pollandt, and a clinic nurse.
Drs. Darbar and McCauley also see patients with inherited arrhythmias in the Familial Heart Disease Clinic.
To contact the AFib Clinic, please call 312.996.6480. To contact the Familial Heart Disease Clinic, please call 312.996.6480.