Electrophysiology Procedures at Denver Heart
At Denver Heart, cardiologists and cardiac specialists use state-of the-art technology to diagnose, treat and monitor a large number of heart conditions and cardiovascular diseases.
Our Electrophysiology Program involves a number of procedures and interventions to treat cardiac arrhythmia, a condition in which the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly.
At Denver Heart, there are multiple innovative, minimally-invasive treatment options available for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular beating of the heart.
Quick facts about AFib (irregular heartbeat)
According to the American Heart Association, at least 2.7 million people in the U.S. are living with AFib. This heart condition can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related health problems.
Important facts about AFib:
- Roughly 15 to 20 percent of stroke patients have this type of arrhythmia
- Risk factors for AFib include advanced age, high blood pressure, underlying heart disease, family history, binge drinking, and having other chronic health conditions
- Some people with AFib experience no symptoms, while others might feel fatigue, a fluttering or thumping in the chest, dizziness, shortness of breath, fainting, or weakness
- There are both non-surgical and surgical procedures to treat AFib
Procedures to Treat AFib
Denver Heart provides a full range of procedures and treatments for patients with AFib or other heart conditions related to arrhythmia. These procedures include:
- Pacemaker insertion — A pacemaker is designed to help regulate the heartbeat and prevent the heart from beating at a dangerously slow rate. A physician might recommend a pacemaker to treat bradycardia, Tachy-brady syndrome or heart block.
- Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) — This type of electronic device is designed to monitor and regulate potentially fast or life-threatening irregular heartbeats. An ICD helps reset the heart’s rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
- AFib Ablation Procedures — Ablation refers to a procedure in which the heart tissue that is triggering the abnormal heartbeat is scarred or destroyed. There are multiple types of cardiac ablation procedures, including Hybrid Ablation, Catheter Ablation and others.
Minimally-invasive Treatment Methods for AFib
The most common type of ablation procedure to treat AFib is known as catheter ablation. This low-risk procedure involves a catheter that is inserted into a blood vessel and then travels to the heart. Using radiofrequency technology, a surgeon then locates the abnormal tissue in the heart that is causing the irregular heartbeat.
A catheter ablation procedure is minimally invasive and usually only takes about two-to-four hours. The majority of patients have a successful outcome with this type of procedure.
Innovative Treatment Options for Heart Patients
Denver Heart provides the latest and most innovative treatments available for a full range of heart conditions, including AFib and other types of arrhythmia. Our cardiac specialists and cardiologists are committed to the prevention and treatment of heart disease, ensuring that all patients receive a high level of care from a team of experts.