Mayo Clinic's approach
At Mayo Clinic, experts in atrial fibrillation provide compassionate, whole-person care to people considering pulmonary vein isolation.
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.
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
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., is 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.
- Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best 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.
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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.
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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.