Medication can ease the frightening symptoms of ongoing atrial fibrillation. But researchers are finding that early use of a more invasive treatment — ablation — may offer better outcomes.
If you’ve ever felt as though your heart is beating too fast, you know it can be scary. But these sensations don’t automatically signal something serious
If you have treatment-resistant epilepsy, you may benefit from recent advances in surgical procedures. The newest is a treatment called responsive neurostimulation therapy, which the FDA approved late last year. The treatment can alleviate epilepsy for some patients with partial onset seizures that have not been controlled by two or more medications and are not candidates for surgical resection. The treatment is … Read More
Pulmonary vein ablation, also called pulmonary vein antrum isolation or PVAI, is a treatment for atrial fibrillation (afib). Afib is the most common irregular heart rhythm. It starts in the atria, or the upper chambers of the heart. When afib occurs, many different electrical impulses rapidly fire at once. These impulses cause a very fast, … Read More
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Your heart’s electrical system is the power source that keeps your heart beating regularly. When something goes wrong with the heart’s “wiring,” you can develop an arrhythmia, which is an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. In this white board session, Walid Saliba, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Electrophysiology Lab and Co-Director of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Center, … Read More
Atrial fibrillation (AF) can make you feel as if your heart is about to leap out of your chest. If left untreated, AF can cause serious complications. For those patients who don’t respond to or cannot tolerate medications that regulate AF, pulmonary vein ablation is a safe and effective treatment. Sometimes atrial fibrillation can recur … Read More