Duke’s electrophysiology program uses advanced catheter ablation techniques to treat more than 700 patients with arrhythmia, including atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, each year. With four EP labs in both Durham and Raleigh, we are one of the Southeast’s highest volume programs, successfully treating some of the most complex cases with below average complication rates.
New and better ways to perform catheter ablation
Catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses energy to destroy tiny areas of the heart muscle that produce an arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythm. It has become one of the go-to solutions for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and other arrhythmias. Duke has been at the forefront of discovery and uncovering new and better ways to perform catheter ablation. Our goal is to reduce the debilitating side effects, and minimize the risks associated with an abnormal heart rhythm disorders so that you can return to optimum health.
Choose Duke Heart Center for your catheter ablation because we offer:
- Top-ranked care. U.S. News and World Report ranks Duke Heart Center 5th in the nation, based on our patients’ survival rates, the number of procedures we perform, and the quality of our support services.
- Excellent outcomes the first time. We have achieved some of the lowest complication rates associated with catheter ablation and less than ten percent of our patients in the last two years needed a repeat ablation, a rate less than half the average.
- Access to our clinical trials. Our active involvement in the latest ablation research means you will have access to the most recent advancements in treatment. For example, we performed one of the region’s first laser balloon ablation procedures, which uses a laser to ablate an arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation. We constantly test new techniques and devices in clinical trials that aim to shorten your procedure, reduce complications and improve long-term cure rates.
- Novel mapping technology, greater precision. Computerized catheter mapping, combined with sophisticated imaging, helps us determine exactly which locations within the heart are causing the arrhythmia to target for ablation, and increases the accuracy of the procedure. We have expertise with several novel computer-based mapping and navigation systems, which help enhance precision and shorten procedure times.
- An experienced team dedicated to your needs. Your team may include electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurse practitioners, cardiovascular pharmacists, nurses and others who are dedicated to diagnosing and treating atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias. Our team understands how these conditions and their treatments impact your body, and help you manage the effects.
- Latest catheter ablation techniques. We continually refine current practice and seek out new approaches, such as epicardial ablation for ventricular tachycardia and surgical ablation. This ensures you receive the most current technologies, including procedures not widely available elsewhere.
Catheter ablation techniques
A widely used ablation technique that uses heat to create a larger lesion in the heart tissue more safely. Our four, fully equipped electrophysiology laboratories have actively cooled radiofrequency ablation technologies that give electrophysiologists greater control and greater success.
A relatively new approach that uses extreme cold, or cryo energy, to freeze heart tissue when creating a lesion that interrupts errant signals in the heart.
We are one of the few centers with substantial experience in this complex procedure, which involves mapping and ablation of the epicardium (area outside of the heart) for the 15 to 20 percent of patients whose ventricular arrhythmia occur on the heart’s outer surface.