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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.
For more information, call 855-85-HEART
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:
What are the
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.
Porter Adventist Hospital's electrophysiology lab can identify and treat irregular heart rhythms with:
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
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
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).
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.
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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