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  • Atrial Fibrillation Center

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    The electrophysiology lab at Porter Adventist Hospital provides cardiologists and other heart specialists with precise information about heart rhythm problems through a variety of minimally invasive treatments and tests.

    As the first hospital in Colorado to be certified for atrial fibrillation procedures, the Porter Heart and Vascular Institute provides heart and vascular care that is above and beyond the level of care associated with a neighborhood hospital. 


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    Traditionally, the first-line treatment for A-fib is medication, such as beta-blockers orantiarrhythmic drugs. The next step is catheter-based ablation, a nonsurgical procedure. The process delivers radiofrequency energy into the heart to destroy tissue that’s triggering irregular rhythms.  Catheter ablation has a 60 to 80 percent success rate in patients without heart abnormalities who have had A-fib for less than two years. Success rates drop if a patient has had A-fib continuously for more than two years.  That option is the hybrid surgical/catheter ablation technique now offered at Porter Adventist Hospital. 

    What is it?

    Hybrid ablation involves two procedures separated by six to 12 weeks. First, a cardiothoracic surgeon performs ablation on the outside of the heart with a minimally invasive surgical procedure called a thoracoscopic maze. Then, about 12 weeks later, an electrophysiologist performs catheter ablation inside the heart.

    Who is it for?

    Ideal candidates for hybrid ablation are patients who:

    • Have heart damage resulting from A-fib lasting longer than two years
    • Have failed catheter ablation

    What are the advantages?

    Hybrid ablation treats A-fib from both the outside and the inside of the heart muscle.  The modified maze surgery is performed through keyhole incisions made between the ribs on both sides, resulting in less blood loss, shorter recovery time, and lower risk of infection than the traditional, open-heart maze surgery.

    The electrophysiology lab at Porter Adventist Hospital provides cardiologists and other heart specialists with precise information about heart rhythm problems through a variety of minimally invasive treatments and tests.

    Porter Adventist Hospital's electrophysiology lab can identify and treat irregular heart rhythms with:

    • Pacemakers
    • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)
    • Cardiac ablation procedure

    The WATCHMAN Device is a unique technology to the Rocky Mountain Region, used to reduce the risk of blood clots in the left atrial appendage of atrial fibrillation (Afib) patients. Most Afib patients are at high risk for strokes caused by these blood clots.

    The WATCHMAN Device treats this by being permanently implanted in the left atrial appendage of the heart, to prevent blood clots from entering the bloodstream. The procedure is done by placing a delivery catheter, through a vein in the leg that reaches the heart. The physician then pushes the WATCHMAN Device through the delivery catheter where it opens up and is permanently implanted in left atrial appendage.

    Porter Adventist Hospital is one of only 100 hospitals in the nation currently offering this technology to patients. To find out if you are a candidate or for more information call 1-855-85-HEART (854-3278). 

    Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, has traditionally been done utilizing fluoroscopy technology to direct catheter placement. Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that poses radiation risks and exposure to the patient and electrophysiology (EP) lab staff, especially when used for an extensive period of time.

    At Porter Adventist Hospital, our team performs cardiac ablations well under the national average for fluoroscopy/x-ray time. In fact, we’re the first hospital in Colorado to perform some of our Afib ablations without utilizing fluoroscopies at all. To find more or to schedule a cardiac ablation call 1-855-85-HEART (854-3278).

  • Leaders in Research

    As advanced leaders in cardiac care, our medical team remains dedicated to conducting advanced research in improving patient outcomes. Below are some of the current research studies we are conducing at Porter Adventist Hospital.


  • Healthgrades America's 50 Best Cardiac Surgery 2014  Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award 2015  Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award 2015

    Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care - Atrial Fibrillation Certification  Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care - Heart Failure Accreditation  Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care - Chest Pain Center Accreditation

    American Heart Association:Get With The Guidelines -  Resuscitation Silver  2014GoldPlusHeartStrokeAward  American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certified Program 


  • Atrial fibrillation is the most common form heart arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythm. It is caused by improper function of the heart’s two small upper chambers (atria), which causes the heart to beat rapidly and irregular.  This means the heart is no longer pumping blood effectively and if left untreated can often lead to other rhythm problems, such as chronic fatigue, heart failure and stroke.  At Porter our specialists offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for Atrial Fibrillation including medication, catheter ablations, pacemakers and maze heart surgery.    

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