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.
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:
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.
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:
Learn more about cardiac ablation.
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.
Our surgeons offer skilled placement of devices to help your heart beat consistently. We provide:
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.
Atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) is a sometimes rapid, occasionally irregular heartbeat.
Atrial fibrillation is one type of arrhythmia, which is when a heart has lost its healthy rhythm.
Everyone occasionally feels heart palpitations – a momentary fluttering of the heart.
We’ve helped innovate a unique, highly successful hybrid ablation procedure that helps people feel better, faster.
For some people, an implantable pacemaker can help the heart set a steady pace.
An ICD helps to correct arrhythmia by detecting irregular heartbeats and giving the heart a shock to set it back on track.
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.