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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, which leads to irregular heartbeats and the formation of blood clots. It can cause stroke, heart failure, and even death, highlighting the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment. We offer the full range of tests to diagnose and treat this condition. 

Familial Heart Disease Clinic

In 2015, we established the Familial Heart Disease Clinic. The purpose of this clinic is to serve referring physicians and provide advanced care to patients and their families with inherited heart diseases. Understanding that certain forms of heart disease can be inherited offers important opportunities to rapidly diagnose patients and their family members who carry certain genes that place them at risk for heart disease but may not otherwise know it. The Clinic houses specialists in arrhythmias (Drs. Darbar and McCauley) and adult heart failure (Dr. Kansal) as well as a genetic counselor (Ms. Elizabeth Kaplan). Contact the Familial Heart Disease Clinic at 312.996.6480.

AFib Clinic

We established the atrial fibrillation (AFib) Clinic in 2015, which provides a unique team approach to treating patients with atrial fibrillation. The Clinic brings together healthcare providers and researchers to better understand the causes of AFib, apply state-of-the-art therapies, and use genetics to identify and tailor therapies in individuals at risk. Treatments offered include catheter-based ablation, the use of new pacemaker technologies, screening for genetic causes for AFib, access to new treatments as well as the newer anticoagulation medications. Currently, the Clinic is staffed by five heart rhythm specialists (Drs. Darbar, Lazar, McCauley and Wissner), a dedicated AFib advanced practice nurse (Ms. Jennifer Pollandt) and a clinic nurse. Contact the AFib Clinic at 312.996.6480.

We also offer a dedicated clinic for patients on blood thinners (anticoagulation) such as warfarin (Coumadin), which help reduce the risk of stroke in AFib patients.