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Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib)

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.

What Is a Maze Procedure?

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.

A Minimally Invasive Alternative to the Maze Procedure

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.

Selecting a Treatment Option for Atrial Fibrillation

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).

Heart and Vascular Care for the Whole Person

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.

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

About 250,000 people a year in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute to treat their heart and vascular conditions. That’s more than any other provider in the area.

  • All four of Norton Healthcare’s adult acute-care hospitals are accredited by the American College of Cardiology’s Accreditation Services as Chest Pain Centers, with the highest accreditation level possible for facilities able to treat heart attacks.
  • We have more than 50 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 35 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiologyinterventional cardiologycardiothoracic surgerythoracic surgery, electrophysiologyadvanced heart failureand vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day appointments for new patients.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • Norton Healthcare has four adult-service cardiac catheterization labs, with 14 state-of-the-art rooms. Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital have received the highest level of cardiac catheterization accreditation from the American College of Cardiology — offering lifesaving, minimally invasive procedures for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Our cardiothoracic surgeons and electrophysiologists have more experience than any provider in the area performing hybrid ablation for atrial fibrillation (A-fib). This innovative treatment also can help patients who have had persistent A-fib for more than a year that hasn’t responded to other treatments.
  • Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission: Lifeline Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks — the most severe type of heart attack.
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