Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute
Cardiovascular disease affects more than 50 million Americans. We at the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute are committed to providing the highest quality of care for this community. As a full-service cardiovascular center, our doctors and nurses are trained to care for almost any cardiovascular condition. Click on any of the conditions to learn more about a particular condition and the variety of therapies available to treat it.
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Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, affecting the heart with approximately 5 million Americans suffering from this disorder. On average, there are 160, 000 new cases of Afib per year. Afib is a disorder that involves the upper two chambers of the heart where they no longer beat in a normal, synchronized fashion. Rather, electrical impulses move about both atria in a chaotic, or circus-movement pattern, resulting in activation of the atria at somewhere between 400 and 600 times per minute. The impulses coursing through the atria traverse through a structure called the A-V node to reach the ventricles. The hallmark of Afib is an irregularly irregular rhythm where the ventricles, or bottom pumping chambers of the heart, beat in a very chaotic fashion. | Learn More about Atrial fibrillation
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