Mayo Clinic's approach

At Mayo Clinic, experts in atrial fibrillation provide compassionate, whole-person care to people considering pulmonary vein isolation.

Photo shows a group of Mayo Clinic experts collaborating Collaborating to improve care

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

A collaborative approach to care

Pulmonary vein isolation and other cardiac ablation procedures are 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 atrial fibrillation 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 atrial fibrillation at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Photo shows Mayo Clinic experts in the electrophysiology lab Offering the latest technology for diagnosis and treatment

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 pulmonary vein isolation procedures using the latest and most advanced technology.

The experienced staff uses advanced mapping systems during an EP study, including multielectrode mapping, circular mapping catheters and 3-D heart mapping. These technologies help your care team accurately determine where to apply the ablation in order to give the greatest chance for success. Mapping with advanced imaging techniques such as MRI 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 pulmonary vein isolation procedures. Energy is applied using the latest innovations in treatment catheters and technology, including balloon catheters and robotic catheter ablation.

Expertise in atrial fibrillation

Mayo Clinic doctors are respected for their expertise in using pulmonary vein isolation to treat atrial fibrillation.

Mayo Clinic experts specialize in treating:

  • Complex atrial fibrillation cases
  • Cardiac ablation in people who have undergone the procedure previously
  • Ablation for adults and children with congenital heart disease
Photo shows Mayo Clinic specialists Providing expert care

Your Mayo Clinic care team provides compassionate care based on extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of arrhythmias.

Experience you can trust

Your Mayo Clinic care team is experienced in using pulmonary vein isolation to treat atrial fibrillation and performs many procedures. Each year, about 1,500 people undergo cardiac ablation procedures, including pulmonary vein isolation, 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.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic electrophysiologists are recognized as experts in their field who have made important contributions to the understanding of arrhythmia diagnosis and treatment.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery:

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's expertise and rankings in cardiovascular diseases.


Mayo Clinic offers one of the largest groups of electrophysiologists trained in performing cardiac ablation. Each year, about 1,500 people undergo cardiac ablation at Mayo Clinic.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

More information about billing and insurance:

Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Health System

March 27, 2018
  1. Huang SKS, et al., eds. Pulmonary vein isolation for atrial fibrillation. In: Catheter Ablation of Cardiac Arrhythmias. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2015. Accessed July 29, 2016.
  2. AskMayoExpert. Atrial fibrillation. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2015.
  3. Passman R. Catheter ablation to prevent recurrent atrial fibrillation: Clinical applications. Accessed Aug. 11, 2016.
  4. Zipes DP, et al., eds. Ablation for atrial fibrillation. In: Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2014. Accessed July 29, 2016.
  5. Catheter ablation. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Accessed July 29, 2016.
  6. Brown A. Allscripts EPSi. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. July 6, 2016.
  7. Schwanke BR (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Aug. 16, 2016.