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Health Matters: Providence Saint John's Health Center | 7 Latest Treatments for Irregular Heartbeat Can Replace Medications Dr. Shephal Doshi leads the nation in fixes for atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia. I n 2019, it didn't necessarily surprise Jim Halff that he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a heart arrhythmia that causes the upper part of the heart to beat faster than the lower part, resulting in an irregular heartbeat. After all, afib is extremely common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9% of people 65 or older have afib, and the risk of acquiring it is even higher for people with preexisting heart conditions, like Halff.

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