The atrial fibrillation clinic at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine is a comprehensive outpatient evaluation and treatment center for patients suffering with the most common cardiac arrhythmia in the U.S., atrial fibrillation.
The number of patients with atrial fibrillation is projected to grow at an exponential rate over the next several years. Treatment of atrial fibrillation has become more complex with the addition of multiple anti-arrhythmic agents, alternatives to warfarin anticoagulation, and the potential of a catheter-based ablation pulmonary vein isolation procedure.
Patients with atrial fibrillation or suspected atrial fibrillation are referred to the clinic and are evaluated for optimal rhythm and rate control and advised on anticoagulation strategy. Suitable candidates will be offered potentially-curative ablation procedures. This clinic works in a consultative role to help you provide the optimal care for your patient.
Pulmonary Vein Ablation
Patients with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation who remain refractory to therapy are candidates for this procedure. Our highly trained electrophysiologists have vast experience in this ablation procedure that aims to isolate the tissue surrounding the four pulmonary veins on the posterior wall of the left atrium. Successful isolation of this tissue removes what is believed to be the provocative source of the atrial fibrillation.