The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is home to the largest electrophysiology (EP) program in Ohio and one of the top in the nation. Our electrophysiologists have unsurpassed expertise in treating heart rhythm disturbances including atrial fibrillation ablation procedures. In 2011, Ohio State’s EP specialists performed more than 600 atrial fibrillation ablation procedures.
Atrial fibrillation ablation is a highly technical procedure that requires advanced technology and infrastructure and teamwork. This includes specially trained EP nurses who staff the procedure lab and inpatient unit around the clock, and pharmacists who specialize in EP and adjust patients’ medications.
Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is equipped to address any atrial fibrillation treatment need a patient may have and does so with complication rates far lower than the national average.
In addition to providing impressive numbers of atrial fibrillation ablation procedures, Ohio State’s size and status allows us to pioneer developments including:
- Direct mapping of the specific electrical abnormalities that cause atrial fibrillation. Previously, ablation focused on a general area. New computer-based mapping of abnormal circuits allows electrophysiologists to focus on specific regions for ablation. This minimizes the amount of unnecessary ablation and shortens the procedures. We are one of only three U.S. hospitals using this investigational tool.
- Contact pressure catheter. Traditionally, an electrophysiologist uses the sense of touch to estimate where to ablate during a procedure. Our experts are working with a contact pressure catheter with a spring in the tip to provide greater precision. When the physician pushes against the heart wall, the spring depresses and the instrument measures the pressure against the wall. This provides the physician with direct feedback to minimize complications and maximize the effectiveness of the procedure.
Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center’s electrophysiology expertise, technology and experienced staff contribution to the Heart Hospital’s recognition as a national leader in heart care by U.S.News & World Report.