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Atrial Fibrillation Clinic at UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot

AFib is an erratic, often fast, heartbeat. This heart rhythym disorder affects more than 2.7 million people in the U.S.

UPMC Hamot provides expert care for people with AFib. Our clinic is part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot.

Our AFib clinic team includes:

  • Heart doctors.
  • Heart surgeons.
  • Advanced practice providers.

Refer a Patient to the AFib Clinic at UPMC Hamot

To refer a patient, call 814-877-1342.

Our address:

UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot
120 E. Second St.
Erie, PA 16507

What We Offer at the AFib Clinic

  • Outpatient AFib follow-up for ER visits.
  • Consults and referrals from the ER and PCPs.
  • AFib tests and screenings.
  • Patient and family resources.

AFib Treatments at UPMC Hamot

Our experts assess risk early in your AFib diagnosis to provide the best treatment plan.

Treatments for AFib include:

  • Lifestyle changes.
  • Medicine.
  • Cardioversion.
  • Heart device implants, like pacemakers and defibrillators.
  • Surgery, both open heart and minimally invasive.
  • Heart cath treatments, including ablations.

WATCHMAN™ Heart Implant Device

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.
  • Prevent blood clots from moving to the brain and causing a stroke.
  • People who can't take blood thinners to lower their stroke risk.

What to expect during your WATCHMAN implant

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.

Our AFib Experts