Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an erratic heartbeat that affects more than 2.7 million people in the United States.
Our AFib clinic team includes:
To refer a patient, call 814-877-1342 (1FIB).
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot
120 E. Second St.
Erie, PA 16507
Our experts assess risk early in your AFib diagnosis to provide the best treatment plan.
Treatments for AFib include:
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot was the first center in Erie to offer WATCHMAN.
The one-time heart implant helps reduce the risk of stroke in people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem. It can help prevent blood clots from moving to the brain and causing a stroke.
Your surgeon will implant the quarter-sized device in the left atrial appendage (LAA) of your heart. More than 90 percent of stroke-causing clots form in the LAA.
The minimally invasive surgery lasts about one hour, which means you can likely go home the next day.