Mayo Clinic's approach

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

A group of Mayo Clinic experts collaborating Collaborating to improve care

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

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Collaborative approach

Heart doctors (cardiologists) with special training in heart rhythm disorders (electrophysiologists) perform pulmonary vein isolation and other types of cardiac ablation.

Electrophysiologists work closely with cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other care providers in the Heart Rhythm Clinic to understand heart arrhythmias and recommend personalized treatment options. This team approach helps ensure you receive exactly the care you need.

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

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

Advanced treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors perform pulmonary vein isolation and other types of cardiac ablation procedures using the latest and most advanced technology. 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.

The experienced staff uses advanced cardiac mapping systems, including multielectrode mapping and 3D heart mapping, during an electrophysiology (EP) study to decide where to accurately apply cardiac ablation treatment. This type of mapping combined with intracardiac echocardiography reduces exposure to radiation.

Mayo Clinic specialists Providing expert care

Your Mayo Clinic care team provides compassionate care based on extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors are respected for their expertise in using pulmonary vein isolation to treat atrial fibrillation. At Mayo Clinic, more than 1,700 people have a cardiac ablation procedure, including pulmonary vein isolation, each year.

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.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2022–2023 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

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 medicine.

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.

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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.

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