Learn more about the Procedures Performed at our Institute


Right now there are nearly three million Americans who have Atrial Fibrillation or AFib. It's a condition where the heart beats rapidly in an irregular way causing patients to feel as if they have just run a marathon all while standing still. A group of physicians and the Atrial Fibrillation Institute at St. Vincent's Medical Center are providing hope to patients with AFib.

St. Vincent’s Atrial Fibrillation Institute offers a wide range of options that all share a common goal—to find a cure for AFib. We offer surgical and non-surgical procedures. Our unique program guides the treatment of all patients where they are looked at on an individual basis. Every procedure is explained in detail so together, we can decide the best treatment.


Lariat Procedure

AFib patients have an increased risk for strokes--- but there is new hope thanks to something called the Lariat procedure. AFib patients have irregular heartbeats and that can result in blood pooling in the left atrial appendage of your heart. The pooling can cause blood clots and clots can lead to stroke. To prevent that, many patients take blood thinners but now there is a solution for select patients. The Lariat is a lasso-like device that is inserted via a catheter making the procedure minimally invasive. When it arrives at the left atrial appendage, doctors are able to literally lasso the appendage to tie it off. The result is no more pooling of the blood, decreased stroke risk and the elimination of blood thinners.

Catheter Ablation

Catheter ablation is one of the options we offer to our patients with Atrial Fibrillation. During the procedure, small catheters are placed into the patient's veins and arteries in the legs, arm or neck and then passed to the heart. High-frequency electrical impulses are used to stimulate the arrhythmia and then destroy the abnormal tissue causing it.

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Surgical Ablation

Surgical ablation, or the simplified Maze procedure, is a much less invasive option from the original Maze procedure. This fairly new surgery is performed through a small incision. The patient's heart continues to beat so there is no need for a heart-lung machine. And in order to make new paths for the electrical current in the heart, heat is delivered by a high intensity focused ultrasound in a device approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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In the News

New procedure helps those with atrial fibrillation who can't take blood thinners reduce stroke risk 9/2/2014

New medical procedure reduces strokes, boosts medical tourism 6/4/2014

Cutting Edge AFib Treatment Comes To The First Coast 1/15/2014

Low-radiation technique offering safer way to treat irregular heartbeat in Jacksonville 11/1/2012

St. Vincent’s Doctors Leading Southeast in Reducing Surgical Radiation 10/22/2012

Is your heart jumpy? It might be atrial fibrillation, the most common cause of strokes 10/10/2012

Advanced Treatment For Atrial Fibrillation 4/29/2012

Atrial Fibrillation in Florida Doctor Magazine (February 2012) 2/16/2012

Magnano making strides to shorten length, increase options in cardiology care 11/4/2011

Procedural Articles

Ultrasound and 3D Mapping Reduce Radiation Exposure and Increase Patient Outcomes

Vast Experience + Advanced Technology Help Ensure Safety and Success in Surgery 


Why choose us?

  • Custom treatment plans are created by physicians, including a range of treatment options.
  • Experts from different specialties collaborate to determine the best course of treatment.
  • We have access to all the resources of at the St. Vincent's Heart & Vascular Center.
  • We use the newest options and the most modern technology in surgical ablation.
  • We work towards a goal to end the patient's dependence on medications to control AFib.

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