Conditions & Treatments
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common type of irregular heartbeat. AFib is characterized by rapid, abnormal movements of the heart’s upper two chambers that throw off the heart’s normal synchronization with the lower chambers. Caused by disorganized electrical signals that result in a fluttering heartbeat, other symptoms often include general weakness and shortness of breath. AFib is also associated with a high risk for stroke and eventual weakening of the heart muscle.
At Einstein Healthcare Network, our cardiology and heart surgery teams specialize in comprehensive, personalized treatment for AFib. Depending on your condition and other factors, your doctor may recommend treating your AFib with medication or a minimally invasive procedure. We work closely with Einstein's general cardiology and electrophysiology departments to find the most appropriate treatment.
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Our skilled team of heart surgeons are experts in procedures to treat atrial fibrillation. Depending on your condition, your surgical team may recommend maze surgery to correct AFib either as a stand-alone procedure, or along with other heart procedures like coronary artery bypass or valve replacement:
In patients who are particularly symptomatic from atrial fibrillation (altered heart signals), surgical correction may be considered. A Maze procedure is a surgical intervention that creates areas of scar tissue that block the abnormal heart signals that create the atrial fibrillation, thereby restoring a normal heart rhythm. There are multiple Maze techniques, and this surgery may be combined with other procedures, such as pacemaker placement, to ensure a good result.
Maze surgery can be performed as a stand-alone procedure. Your surgeon will cut small incisions, push a catheter through the blood vessels to the surgical site and create the necessary scar tissue.
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