Electrophysiology

AFib doctors preventing stroke and heart failure

Ascension St. Vincent Heart Care specializes in AFib and advanced care procedures for complex heart rhythm disorders.

AFib Heart Rhythm Disorders

For more information or to find a doctor that is right for you, call the Ascension St. Vincent Heart Center, 317-338-5000.

At Ascension St. Vincent Heart Center we have a nationally recognized group of specialists who treat patients with an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and identify the abnormal tissue in the heart.

Our AFib Center of Excellence is a total care approach that includes:

  • Diagnostic testing and expert evaluations (including electrocardiograms (ECG) and 3D heart mapping systems)
  • A full spectrum of treatments including catheter ablation
  • AFib Nurse Educator
  • Cardiac rhythm home monitoring programs

AFib follow-up services in outlying St. Vincent close to home.

Atrial fibrillation (or AFib) represents a large number of the patients we treat at the St. Vincent Heart Center; however, we also provide care for all cardiac rhythm disturbances, including pacemakers, defibrillators, identification of patients at risk for sudden death, and ablation procedures to cure a variety of tachycardias from the upper and bottom heart chambers. Our colleagues in Pediatric Cardiology also treat children and adolescents with arrhythmias and have specialists in pediatric cardiac electrophysiology.

One of the biggest fears is that AFib will lead to a heart attack, but AFib is a bigger risk factor for stroke. Yet, with proper treatment many with arrhythmias live productive and full lives. An irregular heart rhythm affects blood flow that may lead to stroke and heart failure. Don’t limit yourself by medication therapies that have too many side effects or older model pacemakers. Our physicians and dedicated staff are here to help.

The treatment goals of atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) start with a proper diagnosis through an in-depth examination from a physician. The exam usually includes questions about your history and often an EKG or ECG. Some patients may need a thorough electrophysiology study.

The severity, any other underlying medical issues you might have, and the length of the AF condition will determine the best treatment options for you. In addition to knowing your goals, you will want to discuss your treatment options and take an active role in your plan.

Medications are often prescribed to prevent and treat blood clots which can lead to a stroke. Additional drugs may be prescribed to control heart rate and rhythm in the AFib patient. These medications may also be used in conjunction with other treatments.

Medication options may include blood thinners, rate controllers, and rhythm controllers.

Nonsurgical Procedures

  • Electrical cardioversion
  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • Radiofrequency ablation or catheter ablation

Surgical Procedures

  • Pacemakers
  • Open-heart maze procedure

Anticoagulation Treatment Alternatives

  • The Watchman is a minimally invasive left atrial appendage closure procedure that reduces the risk of a stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients.

For more information or to find a doctor that is right for you, call the Ascension St. Vincent Heart Center, 317-338-5000.

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