arrhythmia is a heart rhythm abnormality that may indicate a serious
problem and can lead to heart disease, stroke or even death.
fibrillation, or "a fib," is the most common type of arrhythmia - it
affects about 2.2 million Americans, with 160,000 new cases diagnosed
Whether the condition is intermittent or chronic, patients with "a fib" are at higher risk for blood clots and strokes.
Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation
Our Lady of the Lake, affiliated physicians provide a broad range of
treatment options for patients with arrhythmia, from noninvasive
interventions to device therapy to minimally invasive surgery.
fibrillation can be treated with medications to slow the heart rate or
revert the heart rhythm back to normal. Surgical and catheter-based
therapies can also be used to prevent recurrence of a-fib in certain
Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Lariat procedure -
LARIAT™ is a procedure that may reduce the risk of stroke in patients
with atrial fibrillation (a-fib or AF). The procedure gives an option to
patients who cannot take blood thinners. Our Lady of the Lake Regional
Medical Center is the first hospital in the state to offer this new
- Convergent procedure - This two-part
surgery involves ablating inside and outside of the heart. It's
typically done on patients with aggressive atrial fibrillation. While
one surgeon guides catheters through a vein leading from the groin into
the left heart chamber to create scar tissue and suppress abnormal
electrical signals, another surgeon works outside the heart, making a
small incision in the chest and inserting a tiny camera to help view
areas that need ablation.
- Robotic surgical system
- The Heart & Vascular Institute uses the state-of-the-art Hansen
Sensei® X Robotic Catheter System to treat atrial flutters, which
lessens patients' exposure to radiation and allows doctors controlled
access through what would otherwise be an extremely complex procedure.
The procedure, called atrial fibrillation ablation, uses catheters, led
through the groin, to build an electrical roadmap of the heart and then
destroys cells around the heart that are causing the abnormal heartbeat.
The robot allows accuracy and control of catheter movement and
positioning through 3D visualization.