surgical procedures performed
for atrial fibrillation in 2008
Cleveland Clinic is expert at a wide range of treatments to effectively cure atrial fibrillation. The Center for Atrial Fibrillation, comprising electrophysiologists, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, imaging specialists and specially trained nurses and researchers, offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art technologies to tailor treatment for each patient.
In 2007, Cleveland Clinic electrophysiologists performed over 1,000 pulmonary vein isolation procedures (catheter-based) for atrial fibrillation. This is a non-surgical treatment option for people with symptomatic atrial fibrillation that has not been effectively treated with antiarrhythmic medications.
Additionally, cardiovascular surgeons performed 395 surgical procedures to treat atrial fibrillation. Surgical techniques for atrial fibrillation include minimally invasive "keyhole" approach and the classic MAZE procedure in patients who require stand-alone ablation.