August 2010

The Chamber


Why Choose Emory?

Long steeped in a culture of bringing original ideas to the advancement of heart health, Emory cardiologists and cardiac surgeons continue to collaborate to improve efficacy and safety using our myriad of treatment options for varied patient populations.

Today, more than two million Americans have atrial fibrillation (AF), an increasingly common disease affecting both patient morbidity and mortality. To date, drug- and device-based treatments for AF are palliative, not curative.

Emory physicians have challenged the idea that the progress of AF is inexorable and irreversible. In fact, Emory’s AF specialists have treated more than 1,200 patients with catheter ablations and more than 500 with surgical ablation techniques.

Whether selecting a catheter or surgical approach to AF, the endpoint is to electrically isolate or eliminate the foci in the atrium that trigger AF. Overall treatment goals are to eliminate or reduce symptoms, to improve left ventricular function by restoring both electrical and mechanical atrial systole, and to reduce the risk of stroke.

Emory electrophysiologists and cardiac surgeons emphasize an integrated, collaborative team approach to provide the most appropriate treatment possible for each patient. Emory has experience and expertise in some of the most advanced treatments for AF, including the surgical thoracoscopic mini-Maze procedure, which, due to its complexity, is performed in only a few medical centers in the United States.

For more information about Emory’s Atrial Fibrillation Program, visit or call the Emory Physician Consult Line at 1-800-22-EMORY or 404-778-5050.

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More than 20 credentialed and board-certified specialists and subspecialists at the Emory Heart & Vascular Center provide Telehealth services throughout Georgia Monday through Friday. To schedule a consultation, call the Georgia Telehealth Scheduling Line at 866-754-HEAL (4325). Learn more about our Telehealth program or locate the nearest presentation site near you.

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