We use cookies on our website so it can function correctly. The cookies we use do not store any specific information about you personally and they won’t harm your computer. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

Cookies on hcahealthcare.co.uk

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

Record information about choices that you have made, and they also allow us to tailor the website to suit your needs.

• YouTube

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located.

These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog.

The information these cookies collect are anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

 

Marketing

Are used to track visitors across website. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers. 

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf.
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal information is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only.

Performance Cookies

Are used to monitor the use of our website. We use a number of tools that monitor visitor behaviour on our website to help us improve our information and services.

LIST OF PERFORMANCE COOKIES:

Google Analytics | Google Optimize | adiLP | adiVi | Tealium IQ | Infinity Cloud | AdInsight

These cookies collect information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

Atrial fibrillation (AF)

A common rhythm abnormality, increasing with age, that raises the risk of stroke

About

Atrial fibrillation is the commonmost sustained arrhythmia (an abnormal and irregular heart rhythm). It happens when the atria (the heart’s upper chambers) produces out-of-control electrical signals. We provide comprehensive care for all types of arrhythmia, from testing and monitoring to interventional procedures like ablation therapy.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of atrial fibrillation icon plus

    Symptoms of AF can vary. They may include:

    • palpitations
    • tiredness
    • chest pain
    • breathlessness
    • fatigue
    • dizziness
    • blackouts or fainting (syncope)

    It can be caused by underlying conditions like heart disease and thyroid conditions. Other factors, such as inflammation and alcohol, can also contribute to AF.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. If they suspect you have atrial fibrillation, they may carry out an electrocardiogram (ECG). An ECG records electrical activity in your heart. You will also wear a Holter monitor for up to several days, which is the main way of detecting arrhythmias. They may also ask you to carry out other tests to rule out underlying causes, such as thyroid problems and structural heart disease.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    We offer some of the most advanced cardiac care facilities and a dedicated group of consultant cardiologists, cardiac physiologists and clinical nurse specialists. If your consultant thinks you have AF, they'll discuss your treatment options with you. These might include:

    • drugs to control heart rhythm
    • drugs to reduce your risk of stroke
    • drugs to control you heart rate
    • electrical cardioversion
    • catheter ablation
    • having a pacemaker implanted
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 
 

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top