Arrhythmia Treatment, Denver
Our team works collaboratively to coordinate the most effective treatment plan to control a heart rhythm disorder. Treatment may include medication, catheter-based ablation, electronic devices and surgery.
Catheter ablation is a procedure in which radiofrequency energy (RF) is delivered directly to the area causing the heart rhythm problem. This energy is the same type of energy used in the operating room for cauterizing. During the procedure, a small incision is made in a blood vessel near the groin. Wires are placed into the veins to the heart through this incision. The team then attempts to reproduce the heart rhythm problem and maps where it is coming from. Then, one of the wires is used to apply the RF energy directly to the problem-area.
Catheter ablation can be used to treat:
- Atrial Fibrillation
- AV Nodal Reetrant Tachycardia (AVNRT)
- Ventricular Tachycardia
- Wolf Parkinson White or Accessory pathway
Convergent Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation
The Convergent Procedure is a unique, minimally invasive procedure designed to treat even the most difficult-to-treat patients suffering from persistent and long-standing atrial fibrillation (AFib). Utilizing the Convergent approach, a cardiac surgeon and an Electrophysiologist (EP) work as a team to perform cardiac ablation on a beating heart in the electrophysiology laboratory (not the operating room) to produce lesions (scar tissue) on the heart in order to block abnormal electrical signals. The surgeon is able to create intentional burns on the outside of the heart by accessing the heart through a small hole created in the diaphragm with an initial small (1 inch) incision in the patient’s abdomen. The EP then threads an ablation catheter through the femoral vein in the groin to reach the inside of the heart to perform complex electrical-anatomic mapping and to ablate abnormal signals that occur in predictable locations on the inside of the left atrium (specifically in and around the pulmonary veins).
LariatTM Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation
LARIAT groundbreaking procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) that may reduce their risk for stroke when they cannot take blood thinners due to special circumstances. The LARIAT™ procedure utilizes the LARIAT™ Suture Delivery Device and non-invasive techniques to access the heart and close off a region of the heart known to cause blood clots that can lead to stroke as a consequence of atrial fibrillation. The LARIAT™ procedure is performed by a team comprised of Rose electrophysiologists with the support of a cardiac surgeon. The left atrial appendage (LAA) is accessed using minimally invasive techniques and a pre-tied suture loop is delivered. This seals off the LAA from the rest of the heart preventing blood clots that form in this area from traveling to the brain and causing a stroke. For patients at risk for stroke due to AFib, the non-invasive LARIAT™ procedure offers an alternative treatment for those unable to take blood thinning medications typically used to treat AFib.