New Treatment Options for Longtime Arrhythmia Sufferers
A truly minimally invasive approach that
combines the best of electrophysiology (EP)
and cardiac surgery treatments to help restore
normal heart rhythm for longtime arrhythmia
sufferers, including patients with structural
heart disease who may have previously
failed one or more other treatments.
- Performed in a single setting in the EP lab
- One inch incision in the abdomen - no chest incisions or ports
- Minimal pain
- Short hospital stay
- Specialized diagnostic tests used to predict success
Who may be a candidate for the Convergent Approach?
- Those living with arrhythmia for many years
- Those with structural heart disease
- Those with an enlarged/growing atrium ( greater than or equal to 4.5 cm or less than or equal to 6.0 cm)
- Those who have failed previous catheter treatments
- Those who have been ineffectively managed with drugs
(AADs, beta blockers) or cardioversion
Who is not eligible for the Convergent Approach?
Anyone who has had a previous chest surgery, such as heart bypass or valve repair surgery.
How is the procedure
The procedure uses radiofrequency
(focused heat) to produce lesions (scar
tissue) on the heart to block abnormal
electrical signals. During the procedure, a
cardiac surgeon and an EP work as a team,
in a single setting. The surgeon is able to
create comprehensive, linear lesions on the
outside surface of a beating heart through
a small incision (2cm) made in the patient’s
abdomen, instead of through invasive
chest incisions and/or ports, as in other
surgical procedures. The EP then threads
a catheter through the patient’s femoral
vein, in the groin, to reach the heart and
fill in any gaps in the completed ablation
pattern and utilizes diagnostic techniques
to confirm all abnormal electrical signals
have been interrupted.
What is recovery like?
Most patients who’ve undergone The
Convergent Approach experience
restored normal heart rhythm and have
been able to stop taking daily heart rate
and rhythm medications shortly following
treatment. Typical hospital stays have
lasted two to three days.
For More Information
If you have questions about Cardiology, visit our patient and visitor information section, or ask your doctor about Danbury Hospital. For a doctor referral call us at 1-(800) 511-7821, or search our Find a Doctor online tool to find a doctor near you.