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Norton Heart & Vascular Institute, serving Louisville and Southern Indiana, offers innovative and minimally invasive treatment options, like the maze procedure or hybrid ablation, to treat patients with atrial fibrillation (A-fib). Both the maze procedure and hybrid ablation can restore normal heart rhythm for most patients and may allow for some daily medications to be reduced or discontinued, but the treatment option used is based on the individual needs of each patient.
The maze procedure can be used when a patient is already undergoing open heart surgery for repair of an additional area of the heart. To interrupt the source of an irregular heartbeat, specifically atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgeons at Norton Heart & Vascular Institute use extreme cold delivered through a cryoablation device to create precisely placed lines of scar tissue in a maze-like pattern. Since scar tissue doesn’t carry electrical signals, these patterns in your right and left atria can interrupt the irregular signals, allowing your heart to beat normally.
When open heart surgery is not needed, most A-fib patients can have a minimally invasive procedure called hybrid ablation as an alternative to the maze procedure. The hybrid ablation procedure creates similar scarring to disrupt signals causing an irregular heartbeat, but it is performed through the use of a combination of catheters and smaller equipment that can be inserted under your breastbone instead of open heart surgery.
Norton Heart & Vascular Institute is the leading provider of innovative heart care such as the maze procedure in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
All patients who may be a candidate for either the maze procedure or hybrid ablation for treatment of A-fib are evaluated through the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Atrial Fibrillation Clinic. This specially designed clinic provides comprehensive care and evaluation for patients with a new A-fib diagnosis or those with an existing diagnosis seeking advanced treatment options. Our team of electrophysiology providers and cardiac surgeons work together to create a custom treatment plan to meet the unique needs of each patient.
To learn more about advanced treatment options for A-fib like the maze procedure, contact the Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Heart Rhythm Center at (502) 629-AFIB (2342).
Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers patient resources to support you and your family, including free classes for people of all ages who are seeking to improve cardiovascular health or living with a heart condition.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Our cardiac rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life.
Connecting Hearts Support Group
The group provides education and support to individuals who have had a heart attack, are living with a heart condition or are at risk for cardiovascular disease.
Heart Health Screenings
Prevention is the best way to manage heart disease, and screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.
Every year, more than 137,000 people in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists for their heart and vascular care. That’s more than any other health care provider.
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