Valley Heart & Vascular Institute - Other Effective Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation

Other Effective Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation

Hybrid ablation may not be the ideal treatment for all patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). At the Valley Heart & Vascular Institute our cardiac specialists provide other effective medical, endovascular (non-surgical), and surgical treatment options for AFib. Our patients have access to the most advanced treatment methods and state-of-the-art technologies available today. These include:

  • Medications
  • Catheter ablation: a non-surgical procedure performed with a thin tube (catheter) that is threaded from the femoral vein in the groin up to the heart. The catheter is positioned at the site of the heart that is responsible for the AFib. The tip of the catheter delivers radiofrequency (heat energy) to the site to destroy the abnormal electrical impulses.
  • FIRM (Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation): a novel technique that allows electrophysiologists to visualize and target with ablation the localized sources that maintain AFib. Valley’s new 3-D computational FIRMap™ catheter and Topera RhythmView™ Workstation enable Valley’s electrophysiologists to visualize and target the sources of AFib with catheter ablation better than current procedures.
  • Robotic cardiac ablation: a procedure using a Stereotaxis Epoch™ Platform, a computer-controlled robotic navigation system that allows physicians to safely navigate a patient’s heart during ablation
  • Bi-atrial Cox-Maze III, a surgical procedure performed by a cardiac surgeon, who creates a “maze” of lesions in the heart to block the abnormal electrical signals
  • To reduce stroke risk in patients with AFib, a LARIAT™ procedure may help. A lasso-like stitch is used to circle an area called the left atrial appendage (LAA) of the heart, where blood clots can form and travel to the brain. If a blood clot blocks an artery leading to the brain, a stroke occurs. During the LARIAT™ procedure, a stitch is put in to tie off the LAA so clots can’t escape and move up to the brain.
 
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