Overview

Atrial Tachycardia

With atrial tachycardia, the electrical impulse comes from somewhere in the atria, the heart's upper chambers, other than the sino-atrial (SA) node, a small mass of tissue near the right atrium that sets the pace for the heartbeat. The alternate origin of the electrical impulse causes a fast heart rate.

Our Approach to Atrial Tachycardia

Over the past decades, UCSF has helped pioneer breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of arrhythmias, or heart rhythm disorders, such as atrial tachycardia. We offer comprehensive evaluations to pinpoint the source of the arrhythmia, as well as the most innovative treatments available to restore the heart's normal rhythm. Our experienced team succeeds in curing 95 to 98 percent of arrhythmias that originate in the heart's upper chambers, a category that includes atrial tachycardia.

While providing specialized, tailored care is our primary focus, we are also dedicated to finding new treatments through research. Patients who choose to participate in clinical trials may have access to experimental therapies, devices or medications that might work better for them than the established options.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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