Atrial Fibrillation Center

Atrial Fibrillation

With the right treatment, you can get back into your rhythm

It can be easy to take a simple heartbeat for granted. But when you experience a flutter or an irregular heartbeat, it can lead to other complications. Our electrophysiology labs–where we monitor the electric rhythms in your heart–are some of the most advanced in the area, offering new technology that helps identify the cause of irregular heartbeats. This helps our Institute’s specialists, who are at the forefront of this rapidly evolving field, in their goal for every patient: fast diagnosis and thorough intervention.

Atrial fibrillation, or arrhythmia of the heart, is a diverse and complex disease, but it can be managed through a variety of treatment options. Our physicians consider the severity and frequency of your specific heart rhythm and function, as well as the latest research in the field, before choosing a treatment for you.

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Everything we know. For you.

  • Our institute has the only dedicated atrial fibrillation treatment program in the region. Patients can receive the full spectrum of care, including medical management, interventional procedures and surgery, with everything from evaluation to treatment taking place under one roof.
  • We are one of the first and only centers in the area to employ an ESI mapping system. This new and exciting 3D technology allows for sharp, real-time images of heart structures, and is instrumental in identifying the cause of irregular heartbeats.
  • Our team of board-certified electrophysiology physicians, nurse practitioners, and laboratory and support staff provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment, with a proven track record of improved outcomes for our patients.

Charles’ story: “I’m able to get out and do more than in the past.”

For years, an implantable defibrillator monitored Charles Craddock’s heart rhythm and helped prevent a sudden loss of heart function. However, because his heart muscle was significantly scarred, there came a time when the defibrillator was no longer enough to keep his heart rhythm stable–a life-threatening concern. That’s when his doctors at the Atrial Fibrillation Center decided to perform radiofrequency catheter ablation.

Radiofrequency catheter ablation is a nonsurgical, catheter-based procedure that records and processes electrical signals inside the heart in real time. X-rays provide continuous imaging while different mapping systems help position the catheters correctly. A mild, painless energy pulse is then delivered to areas that have electrical abnormalities, removing carefully selected cardiac cell bundles that cause the specific rhythm problems.

“I’m happy to report that Charles hasn’t had any abnormal rhythms since the procedures were completed,” said Alex Costea, MD, one of the electrophysiologists involved in performing the ablation.

Charles says he feels great–and his quality of life has improved tremendously. “I’m able to get out and do more than in the past,” he says. “My wife and I will go for walks, and I can walk up to a mile and a half on good days…whereas before I was straining to do a quarter of a mile.”

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Treatment options

  • Medical management: Anticoagulation medications to control irregular heart rhythm are fully monitored and adjusted by our dedicated staff.
  • Radiofrequency catheter ablation: An advancement in the treatment of arrhythmias, this minimally invasive procedure is performed by our board-certified electrophysiologists with only a one-night stay.
  • Device implants
  • Maze procedure: Often performed in conjunction with other heart procedures, such as mitral valve repair or coronary artery bypass grafting, the Maze procedure has demonstrated high success rates in patients with advanced atrial fibrillation.

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Contact

For more information about the Atrial Fibrillation Center, please call 513-584-4321.

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