Atrial Fibrillation and Arrhythmia Center
Prisma Health Heart Hospital is the first and only hospital in South Carolina to offer an Atrial Fibrillation and Arrhythmia Center. Patients will be cared for by one of our expert cardiologists. Our doctors will create a plan of treatment that can include a range of options based on individual needs.
- Advanced diagnostic testing
- Atrial fibrillation ablations
- Medication option
- Procedures performed by the electrophysiologists
Our goal is to return our patients to their normal heart rhythms while providing the latest treatment options.
Cryoballoon ablation - for atrial fibrillation
This safe and effective procedure involves a refrigerant being delivered through a balloon that is attached to a catheter guided into the heart. The refrigerant freezes the tissue and disables unwanted heart electrical currents that cause atrial fibrillation. The delivery by a balloon is revolutionary because of the continuous line of scar tissue around the pulmonary vein to stop the currents. This method has a low risk of complications and the majority of patients have been free from atrial fibrillation at one year with a reduction in symptoms, a decrease in drug therapy and substantial improvements in quality of life.
Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) - for arrhythmia
Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. Micra is the only leadless pacemaker approved for use in the U.S.
Watchman™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant - for atrial fibrillation
For patients with atrial fibrillation who are considered suitable for warfarin by their doctors but who have reason to seek a non-drug alternative. The Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant is an implant alternative to reduce their risk of AFib-related stroke. The Watchman implant closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots from the LAA from entering the bloodstream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.