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Hugh G. Calkins, M.D.

Hugh Calkins, M.D., is the Nicholas J. Fortuin professor of cardiology, professor of pediatrics, and director of the arrhythmia service, the electrophysiology lab, and the atrial fibrillation center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He has clinical and research interests in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias with catheter ablation, the role of device therapy for treating ventricular arrhythmias, the evaluation and management of syncope, and the study of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.

Dr. Calkins has authored more than 500 manuscripts and book chapters, and he is a member of the editorial boards of five major cardiology journals. He was lead author of the 2007 and 2012 HRS/EHRA/ECAS Consensus Documents on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation, and more recently he was a member of the writing committee for the updated atrial fibrillation guidelines issued jointly in 2014 by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society. In 2013 Dr. Calkins served as president of the Heart Rhythm Society, an international organization of more than 5,800 specialists in heart rhythm disorders.

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What Is Atrial Fibrillation?

For the 2.6 million Americans who suffer from atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib), the sensation of a fast, irregular, and chaotic heartbeat all too often becomes a way of life—and may put their health at risk.