Setting the Standard for Arrhythmia Treatment
Our specially trained electrophysiologists treat nearly 1,700 people with arrhythmias each year -- among the highest number in the Southeast. We continually evaluate new treatment approaches and have achieved some of the lowest complication rates associated with cardiac ablation, a common treatment for atrial fibrillation (Afib) and ventricular tachycardia. Our research and expertise help set the standard for arrhythmia treatment nationwide.
Sophisticated Mapping Techniques
Your cardiac ablation will be performed by electrophysiologists trained in the most advanced ablation techniques available, including heart mapping for spiral waves and focus beats, which can shorten procedure time. Computer-guided treatments stabilize the catheter and more accurately guide its movement within the heart. As a result, the problem area is treated and the likelihood of repeat procedures is reduced. Over the past two years, fewer than 10% of our patients have needed a repeat ablation -- a rate less than half the average.
Specialized Procedures for Less-Common Arrhythmia
Duke is among a handful of centers with substantial expertise in epicardial catheter ablation, which treats ventricular tachycardia that occurs on the heart’s outer surface.
Our genetic heart disease program is one of the only programs in the Southeast with experts who can administer and interpret the complex tests required to identify inherited heart rhythm disorders such as long QT and Brugada syndromes. Pinpointing the cause of your arrhythmia helps us take a proactive approach to treatment, prevents the possibility of sudden cardiac death, and ensures your family is well-informed of any increased risk.