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.

Catheter Ablation

A non-surgical approach

Surgical Ablation

A less-invasive approach

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.

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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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 the award-winning 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.
  • Physicians report a cure rate of 85 percent and higher for ideal candidates.

Handbook - The Atrial Fibrillation Patient Handbook - Click to Download

Instructions - Post Procedures Guide and Instructions - Click to Download

Assessment - CHADs Risk Stroke Assessment - Click to Download

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