Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Center

Overview

World-Class Atrial Fibrillation Treatment at Aurora Health Care

Your heartbeat makes life possible – and when atrial fibrillation (AFib) interrupts it, we’re dedicated to restoring your heart rhythm.

Our center is part of the Cardiac Electrophysiology department within Aurora Cardiovascular Services , which was established in 1977 as one of the first of its kind in the country.

We are the only center in Wisconsin that offers hybrid ablation procedures – with better and longer-lasting results than medication or other surgery – helping people with complex AFib. In fact, we’re among only a few centers nationwide offering these skilled procedures.

We also offer a full range of other treatments to help you manage AFib and get back to your natural rhythm of life.

Learn more about the hybrid ablation procedure for AFib.

Services & Treatment

Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Services & Treatment

Treating AFib can be complex, and it is a major health challenge. There are a number of ways to treat AFib – from medication to a wide range of procedures.

Ablation means we skillfully remove (freeze or heat) small amounts of tissue that cause your heart to beat irregularly. You might be a candidate for an ablation procedure if you have AFib symptoms, and medicines haven’t worked for you. Or you may be experiencing side effects from arrhythmia medicines.

Our Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Center uses the most advanced technologies in electrophysiology, which is the branch of medicine dedicated to the heart’s rhythms.

We’ll discuss your condition and recommend the treatment that will be most successful for you. Our procedures include:

Hybrid Ablation Procedures

We helped develop these procedures that only a few centers in the U.S. are capable of performing. These procedures are called “hybrid” because they combine electrophysiology (using a catheter inside the heart) with heart surgery – without opening the chest.

Read more about the hybrid ablation procedure for AFib.

Cardiac Ablation

A doctor threads a thin tube (catheter) through one of your blood vessels to your heart. Then we use radiofrequency (RF) heat or cryoablation (extreme cold) to alter (ablate) the tissue that causes arrhythmia. We offer catheter ablation and medical management for:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Supraventricular tachycardia (unusually fast heartbeat): Some conditions cause a fast heartbeat originating in the upper chambers of the heart. Examples include atrioventricular nodal reentry, atrial flutter and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.
  • Ventricular tachycardia: Sometimes, fast heartbeats originate in the ventricles, the lower chambers of the heart.

Learn more about cardiac ablation.

Pulmonary Vein Isolation Catheter Ablation Procedures

All of our AFib ablations include pulmonary vein isolation catheter ablation. This procedure helps to electrically isolate the areas of the heart that are creating the AFib.

Pulmonary vein isolation ablation has a very high success rate for patients who have paroxysmal AFib (AFib that comes and goes). Afterward, many people remain AFib-free with relatively low risk.

Device Placement

Our surgeons offer skilled placement of devices to help your heart beat consistently. We provide:

  • Permanent placement of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Long-term follow-up for pacemakers and ICDs using remote, computerized, automatic monitoring
  • Implantation, follow-up and management of biventricular pacemakers to support both lower chambers of the heart

Left Atrial Appendage Closure Devices

Left atrial appendage closure devices are used in treatments for stroke reduction. You might be a candidate for this device if you can’t take blood thinner meds (anticoagulants) because of allergies or other reactions or if you’ve taken those meds and had bleeding problems.

Our available left atrial appendage closure devices include LAAO (Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion) devices, which filter out clots to prevent stroke.

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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) is a sometimes rapid, occasionally irregular heartbeat.

Learn More About Atrial Fibrillation

Arrhythmia

Atrial fibrillation is one type of arrhythmia, which is when a heart has lost its healthy rhythm.

Learn More About Arrhythmia

Heart Palpitations

Everyone occasionally feels heart palpitations – a momentary fluttering of the heart.

Learn More About Heart Palpitations

Hybrid Ablation Procedure

We’ve helped innovate a unique, highly successful hybrid ablation procedure that helps people feel better, faster.

Learn More About Hybrid Ablation

Pacemaker Implant

For some people, an implantable pacemaker can help the heart set a steady pace.

Learn More About Pacemaker Implant

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implant

An ICD helps to correct arrhythmia by detecting irregular heartbeats and giving the heart a shock to set it back on track.

Learn More About Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)

Meet Our Team

World-Class Experts Dedicated to Caring for People with AFib

In our Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Center, we’re a collaborative team of doctors, nurses, electrophysiologists (doctors who specialize in the heart’s rhythm) and heart surgeons.

All of our physicians are board-certified electrophysiologists (board-certified cardiologists with additional years of study in arrhythmias). Our team also has considerable skill with ablation procedures, so that you can be confident that you’re receiving the highest level of expertise.

Meet our cardiovascular and thoracic team.

Contact Us

Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Center

Aurora Cardiovascular Services, Aurora Medical Group
2801 W Kinnickinnic River Parkway
St. Luke's Physician Office Building, Suite 777
Milwaukee, WI 53215-3669

Call 888-649-6892.

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