We Can Help with Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a complex disease affecting five million men and women in the U.S., most of them over 60 years old. In fact, you have a one-in-four risk of developing atrial fibrillation in your lifetime. The earlier we diagnose and treat the disease, the more successful we are in helping patients experience longer, more enjoyable lives.

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Have you or a family member been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation?

The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine uses a team approach that unites the skills of nationally recognized cardiac electrophysiologists, cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. These specialists collaborate with your primary care physician to tailor atrial fibrillation treatment options to your unique needs.

Atrial fibrillation treatments at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute include:

  • Medical management: Medications are often the first line of defense when treating atrial fibrillation. Drugs are not a cure for atrial fibrillation, but in many cases they help to make the symptoms less bothersome.
  • Catheter ablation: A nonsurgical treatment option that locates and destroys abnormal electrical pathways in the heart that cause atrial fibrillation. Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to destroy the abnormal electrical pathways that cause atrial fibrillation, while cryoballoon ablation freezes the abnormal pathways.
  • Left atrial appendage closure: The left atrial appendage is a pocket-like section in the left atrium (upper chamber) of the heart that is often a source of blood clot formation for those with atrial fibrillation and may cause up to 90% of strokes due to atrial fibrillation. Closing the left atrial appendage can prevent blood clots that may cause a stroke. Treatment options that close the left atrial appendance include the Watchman and LARIAT procedures, both of which are minimally invasive.
  • Open heart surgery: The “classic” or “cut and sew” Maze procedure is performed through an open chest incision. Electrical blocks or barriers to prevent atrial fibrillation are created in the left and right atria (upper chambers) of the heart with the goal of eliminating atrial fibrillation.

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Whether you are experiencing symptoms that you do not understand, have already been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or are looking for a second opinion, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine offers comprehensive expertise to you and your loved ones at four convenient locations.

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
675 N. Saint Clair St.
Galter Pavilion, Suite 19-100
Chicago, IL 60611
312.NM.HEART (664.3278)

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at
Lake Forest Hospital 

1000 North Westmoreland Road
Pavilion B, Level 1
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847.53.HEART (534.3278)

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at
Central DuPage Hospital

25 N. Winfield Road
Winfield, IL 60190
630.232.0280

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300 Randall Road
Geneva, IL 60134
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We are proud of our U.S. News & World Report rankings - a reflection of the leading-edge cardiac and vascular services we offer and the results we achieve for our patients, their families and the region we serve.

  • No. 1 in the Chicago metro region and Illinois for the tenth straight year
  • No. 7 in the nation out of 610 cardiac programs
  • Highest ranked survival score (10 out of 10) for seven consecutive years
  • Highest ranked cardiovascular program in the region: Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa

In addition, we are extremely proud to have the highest heart failure survival in the nation for two consecutive years according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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