Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation is usually the last step in the treatment of Afib.  If you get to this stage it means you have probably been through most, if not all, of the following. 1.  Diagnosis – by this time you have been poked, prodded and “EKGed” and your Afib is still causing you fits. 2.  Cardioversion – Been “zapped” a few [More]
Dr. Darryl Wells of the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute talks about how safe of the ablation procedure is, getting patients home within 24 hours of the procedure, and a monitoring period of three months afterwards. He also talks about the importance of going to a center that does many of these procedures and that [More]
A live demo of ablation for long-standing, persistent AFib, from start to finish, showing the technique of transseptal access, 3D mapping, PV isolation, and ablating additional drivers of AF in the posterior wall and left atrial appendage.
This American Heart Association/American Stroke Association video features an atrial fibrillation (AFib) patient and stroke survivor, Carl, as he shares his … Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure: Written in everyday language for patients with Atrial Fibrillation Conquer Your A-Fib: How To Beat Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation : My Heart, the [More]
Billy Drake’s chronic atrial fibrillation (a-fib) made him tired so often that he was missing out on the activities he used to enjoy with his 12 and 13-year-old children. The Bucksport, Maine resident tried different treatments to normalize his heart rhythm but with no success. At a friend’s suggestion, he turned to Maine Medical Center [More]
The FDA has granted marketing approval for the Thermocool Smarttouch ablation catheter for use in patients with drug-resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), sustained monomorphic ischemic ventricular tachycardia and Type I atrial flutter. The …
Dr. Richard Wu, a cardiac electrophysiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, sucessfully treated patient Jean McIntosh’s heart disorder. Ms. McIntosh suffered from atrial fibrillation.
Cardiologist,  Bruce Lindsay, MD, is Section Head, Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing, Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine.  He discusses the success rate of ablation (an abnormal heart beat).  The procedure can be up to 95 percent successful in treating some abnormalities.  However, in some cases the success of the procedure depends on the underlying cause [More]
Post-ablation video: How the procedure went and my current situation following radiofrequency catheter ablation for svt.
Dr. Joseph Souza, Electrophysiologist with Asheville Cardiology Associates, provides an overview of the cardiac catheter ablation procedure.  He discusses heart rhythm disorders that may benefit from the procedure and what to anticipate upon arrival at Mission Hospital on the day of the procedure.  The recovery process is discussed including an overview of success rates and [More]
Ronald Boyle, a patient with Atrial Fibrillation, shares his story of undergoing a Pulmonary Vein Ablation and receiving a new type of catheter at Mayo Clinic.  Ronald expresses how this procedure has changed his life and how he found a solution when medication was no longer effective.  
James tell about his experience with the mini-maze procedure.
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