Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart arrhythmia affecting close to 3 million Americans. It is a fast, irregular heartbeat originating from the top chambers of the heart. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations and loss of exercise ability. It is also a major risk factor for stroke.
Fortunately, atrial fibrillation is treatable. Saints Heart & Vascular Institute electrophysiologists (heart rhythm specialists) offer the latest therapies and technology in the management of atrial fibrillation, including its newest adoption of advanced contact force ablation technology for atrial fibrillation ablation procedures.
“Contact force technology dramatically improves outcomes in atrial fibrillation ablation compared to standard ablation. We are proud to offer this technology to our Saints patients,” said John Summers, M.D., FACC.
Contact force technology allows electrophysiologists to objectively measure the amount of force applied inside the heart, during atrial fibrillation ablation procedures in order to create more effective lesions. This has shown to reduce the recurrence rates of atrial fibrillation post ablation.