Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) & Arrhythmia

Caring for your heart's beat

Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) & Arrhythmia Main Content

happy woman with Afib has been exercising wearing headphones has her fingers to her neck to check her heart rate, with her eyes on her watch.

Are you experiencing heart palpitations, shortness of breath or irregular heartbeats? It may be time to see an electrophysiologist.

Region's Most Advanced Electrophysiology (EP) Program

We treat all heart rhythm disorders at Baptist Health, including:

  • Atrial Fibrillation or Flutter (AF / Afib)
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT / PSVT)
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (V-tach or VT) or Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

What is Afib?

Atrial fibrillation (Afib) causes the heart's upper chambers to beat uneven, fast or uncontrolled. This irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, affects blood flow in the heart, and can worsen over time, leading to blood clot. Afib should be treated to control symptoms and prevent further heart complications like stroke.

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Heart Rhythm Center

New $17 million state-of-the-art facility specializes in treatments and cures for heart rhythm abnormalities.

Located within our Baptist Heart Hospital, the Heart Rhythm Center is a one-stop destination for EP procedures, including catheter-based ablations, and implanting defibrillators, pacemakers and other devices. All pre-operative, procedure and post-operative care, including overnight stays if needed, are performed in this state-of-the-art center, allowing patients to get this specialized care close to home.

More About the Heart Rhythm Center

VIDEO: Tour our new Heart Rhythm Center

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Meet the Cardiac Electrophysiologists & Team

Electrophysiologists are cardiologists who have completed specialized training of the electrical system of the heart. Our experienced EP specialists diagnose and treat all heart rhythm disorders and coordinate your care, ensuring communication is provided back to your referring physician.

Better Outcomes Through Innovation

  1. Top-rated EP physicians using the latest research and minimally invasive treatment options
  2. Full array of diagnostic tests, including tilt-table and EP studies
  3. State-of-the-art EP lab in the region’s only dedicated heart hospital
  4. Access to clinical trials such as the Left Ventricular Stability Lead
  5. Hybrid treatments in which EP doctors work with cardiovascular surgeons
  6. One of the first five centers in the U.S. to use the minimally invasive intracardiac ultrasound catheter for high quality images inside the heart
  7. Achieving greater precision with the latest 3-D electrical mapping systems
  8. Improved safety and outcomes with Thermocool SmartTouch© and Cryoballoon catheter ablation options
  9. Vitamin-sized pacemakers that are placed directly in the heart, eliminating wires
  10. Baptist Heart Device Clinic, providing constant oversight of patients using home monitoring devices or an implantable heart device
  11. Reduced-radiation or even no-radiation treatment options
  12. Heart Care Near You: Baptist Heart Specialists has over 40 board-certified cardiologists that provide innovative, patient-centered care at 10 convenient locations throughout the region.
  13. Minimally invasive treatment for patients with Afib that allows them to stop taking blood thinners without increasing the risk of future strokes

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Personalized Treatment Options

The goals of treatment are getting you back to a normal heart rhythm, controlling your heart rate, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of stroke. Baptist Health offers the full spectrum of advanced treatment options and cutting-edge technologies not often provided elsewhere. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medications, catheter-based procedures and surgery.

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Jacksonville's Only Freestanding Heart Hospital
Baptist Heart Hospital is the centerpiece of our top-ranked heart and vascular program. It's home to over 500 physicians, nurses and staff with specialized training in inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular care.

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Patient Stories + Advice from the Experts