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If you feel like you have an irregular heartbeat, you may be experiencing Atrial Fibrillation.

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At Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento, we combine advanced cardiovascular services with a personalized level of care and compassion. Our highly specialized cardiology and cardiovascular teams, including some of the top minds in their field, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including Atrial Fibrillation or more commonly known as AFib. We are here to help treat your mind, body and spirit with a personalized care plan unique for your needs.

What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?

AFib is the most common type of irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia. It is a heart condition in which the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat irregularly or too fast because they receive abnormal electrical signals. This causes the atria to quiver (fibrillate), affecting the heart's ability to pump blood to the body. As a result, your brain and other organs may not be getting the full blood supply they need.

AFib is a serious condition. It can lead to irreversible heart damage or the formation of blood clots inside the heart, which may lead to a stroke.

  • AFib causes about 1 in 7 strokes
  • AFib is associated with a four-to-fivefold increased risk of stroke
  • AFib often increases the severity of strokes

One in four adults over 40 has an arrhythmia. Are you the one?


Symptoms & Treatments


If you experience any of these symptoms then it's time to set a date for a checkup.

  • Palpitations or "skipped beats"
  • Pounding or fluttering in the chest
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Light-headedness or fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort


AFib therapy is aimed at reducing the patient's risk of stroke, relieving symptoms and trying to prevent further weakening of the heart. Our team offers advanced therapies such as:

  • Drug therapies that include blood thinners and medications used to control your heart rate and restore its normal rhythm.
  • Ablation therapies including minimally invasive catheter ablation, surgical atrial fibrillation ablation, robot-assisted catheter ablation and epicardial/endocardial ablations.
  • Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) closure is a one-time, minimally invasive procedure for people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem (also known as non-valvular AFib) who need an alternative to blood thinners. It's a device (about the size of a quarter) that's implanted into the heart to reduce the risk of stroke.

What's more, our team of expert electrophysiologists are leading world renowned research resulting in groundbreaking new treatments used to treat complex cases of AFib.

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Why Choose Us?

  • Awards and Recognition
    We are nationally recognized for cardiac care, including four certified chest pain centers, setting us apart from other providers in the region.
  • Helping Heal the Most HeartsWe have the largest program in the Sacramento region, top three in California, the largest electrophysiology program in the Western U.S. and rank in the top two among California hospitals for cardiac bypass surgeries.
  • Advanced Treatment OptionsWe are at the forefront of care, comprised of the latest technological advances in imaging and surgical procedures including minimally invasive treatments.

Lives Saved

The real testament is the number of lives saved and the community’s improved cardiovascular health achieved through prevention, treatment and research.
Watch the amazing story of Edith, who trusted her heart to Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute.

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    Sacramento, CA 95819
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    Folsom, CA 95630
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    6501 Coyle Ave.
    Carmichael, CA 95608
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    7500 Hospital Dr.
    Sacramento, CA 95823
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    Grass Valley, CA 95945
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