Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Options

The experts at UPMC's Center for Atrial Fibrillation have the knowledge and skill to diagnose and treat the many aspects of atrial fibrillation.

Some people respond to drugs, some require devices to control the heart's rhythm, and others demand catheter-based treatment or surgery.

Treating the Patient, Not Just the Rhythm

Each case of atrial fibrillation is unique, but the goals of treatment are common:

  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Restore normal heart rhythm
  • Control heart rate

Because we develop a treatment plan based on your complete health, we're confident we can find the right answer for you.

Depending on how severe your atrial fibrillation is, your doctor may suggest one or more of the following treatment options:

Contact the Center for Atrial Fibrillation

Call us at 1-855-UPMC-HVI (876-2484), email us, or request an appointment online.

Additional Resources

Learn about UPMC's Cardiology Telemedicine Services.

From our Health Library:

EMMI patient education videos:

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions. All rights reserved.

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA