Mayo Clinic's approach

At Mayo Clinic, experts in heart rhythm problems provide compassionate, whole-person care to people considering cardiac ablation.

Working as a team to provide expert care

At Mayo Clinic, specialists work together to understand your condition and provide personalized treatment options.

A collaborative approach to care

Cardiac ablation is performed by heart specialists (cardiologists) with special training in heart rhythm disorders (electrophysiologists). Mayo Clinic has one of the largest cardiac ablation practices, with 30 electrophysiologists working in the Electrophysiology Laboratory.

Electrophysiologists work closely with other experts, including cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, in the Heart Rhythm Clinic to understand your heart arrhythmia and recommend the treatment options that will work best for you. This team approach helps ensure you receive exactly the care you need.

Doctors trained in treating children with heart conditions (pediatric cardiologists) work with a team of experts to care for children with arrhythmias at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Using advanced technology to provide care

Mayo Clinic experts have access to the most advanced systems for diagnosing and treating heart rhythm problems.

The most advanced treatment systems

Mayo Clinic doctors perform cardiac ablation procedures using the latest and most advanced technology.

The experienced staff uses advanced mapping systems during EP studies, including multielectrode mapping and 3-D heart mapping, in preparation for your ablation procedure. These technologies help your care team accurately determine where to apply the ablation in order to give the greatest chance for success. Mapping with imaging technologies such as advanced mapping systems and intracardiac echocardiography reduces your exposure to radiation.

Your doctor will choose the type of cardiac ablation that's most appropriate for treating your particular condition. Mayo Clinic doctors use radiofrequency energy and cryoablation during cardiac ablation procedures. Energy is applied using the latest innovations in treatment catheters and technology, including balloon catheters and robotic catheter ablation.

Expertise in all arrhythmias, including rare and difficult cases

Mayo Clinic doctors have used cardiac ablation to treat a variety of arrhythmia types, including types that are very rare and those that are difficult to treat.

Mayo Clinic experts specialize in treating:

  • Complex atrial arrhythmias
  • Complex ventricular arrhythmias
  • Cardiac ablation in people who have undergone the procedure previously
  • Ablation for adults and children with congenital heart disease
Providing compassionate care

Your Mayo Clinic care team has extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of arrhythmias.

Experience you can trust

Mayo Clinic heart specialists have extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of heart arrhythmias, including very rare types.

Your Mayo Clinic care team is experienced in using cardiac ablation to treat arrhythmia and performs many procedures. Each year, about 1,500 people undergo cardiac ablation at Mayo Clinic.

Studies show there is a reduced risk of complications from cardiac ablation when the procedure is performed by an experienced electrophysiologist in a hospital that performs many procedures.

Aug. 12, 2017
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