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Put Your Heart in the Right Place

Get help for your heart or peripheral vascular condition, and find out how you can manage your heart health. Talk with the cardiac specialists at Cottage Health. Call our heart and vascular care center at 1-844-51-HEART.

Ablation helps control atrial fibrillation (Afib), an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that involves fast, irregular heartbeats. This catheter-based treatment stops erratic electrical circuits in the lung (pulmonary) veins from firing into the two upper chambers of the heart (atria).

Cardiac Ablation at Cottage Health

During cardiac ablation, your doctor uses a thin, flexible tube (catheter) to halt unusual electrical signals and keep them from causing Afib. Common techniques include:

  • Cryoablation
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

Cryoablation: What to Expect

If you experience recurrent, symptomatic Afib or persistent Afib, your doctor may recommend cryoablation, a safe and effective treatment for both intermittent and persistent atrial fibrillation. During the procedure, a balloon catheter quickly and efficiently delivers coolant to an isolated area, which freezes tissue and shuts down unwanted electrical circuits around the pulmonary vein. You benefit from smaller incisions, less pain and faster recovery.

Radiofrequency Ablation: What to Expect

Your doctor may recommend radiofrequency ablation (RFA) if previous approaches to resolve your arrhythmia were unsuccessful. During this long-lasting and widely used procedure, your doctor threads a thin, flexible tube through a vein and into your heart. Then, a safe level of electrical current eliminates the tissue that causes abnormal heart rhythms.

Meet Our Heart & Vascular Doctors

The Heart and Vascular Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is a nationally recognized regional destination for cardiovascular expertise and medical management of complex heart and vascular conditions.

The Meet the Doctors seminars give you an opportunity to learn about conditions of the heart and the latest treatment options. The healthy conversations include a 45-minute presentation by a physician, followed by ample time for questions.

The session is free. Please register in advance by calling us at 1-844-51-HEART.