The AFib Center of Doylestown Health
The AFib Center of Doylestown Health’s Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care is a one-stop resource with invaluable information about degenerative heart rhythm disorder, heart rhythm disorder symptoms, and atrial fibrillation treatment options available to you right in Bucks County.
What treatment options are available at Doylestown Health?
The AFib Center offers innovative treatment options to control and eliminate atrial fibrillation in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The Center draws upon the top-rated expertise and resources of the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care to offer a broad range of individually tailored therapies. These range from lifestyle management and medication to state-of-the-art treatment options such as radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation and convergent ablation procedures to manage symptoms or eliminate AFib. Doylestown Health’s AFib Center also specializes in innovative therapies such as the Watchman Implant™ to help prevent stroke in AFib patients who cannot take blood-thinning medications.
Hear from a Patient
Theo Petron was an avid cyclist, personal chef and business owner, leading an active, healthy lifestyle, until a rapid heartbeat due to atrial fibrillation (AFib), got in the way. Learn how Doylestown Health's AFib Center used advanced treatment to restore his normal heart rhythm.
Our cardiac specialists
Searching for the area's best cardiac specialists treating atrial fibrillation? Look no further than the Doylestown Health's AFib Center.
Cardiologists specializing in electrophysiology for AFib care
Cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in AFib care
The experience of our AFib team provides Bucks, Montgomery and surrounding areas access to specialized care and treatment for complex cases close to home. Our AFib ablation success rates place us among the leading AFib centers across the United States.
About the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care
Doylestown Health's Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care provides experts in cardiovascular medicine and convenient locations throughout the region, with access to personalized treatment options and the latest advances in cardiovascular care, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology and vascular services
FAQs about atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation is the most common form of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). When the electrical pulses that power the heart fail to travel through the atria (the upper chambers of the heart), multiple impulses spread simultaneously, causing a fast, chaotic rhythm. As a result, the atria cannot contract or squeeze blood effectively into the ventricle, which in turn causes a rapid, irregular heartbeat.
The frequency or type of arrhythmia is not the same for all who have AFib. For many, a heart arrhythmia can occur at varying intervals, rather than consistently or constantly.
Symptoms of AFib include heart palpitations, abnormal heart rhythm, chest pain or abdominal pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness and fatigue.
The impact atrial fibrillation has on your life is determined by the type of AFib that you have. For some people, the symptoms of AFib are temporary (also known as paroxysmal atrial fibrillation). Others may be diagnosed with a more persistent heart arrhythmia. With treatment, you can live an active, healthy life. However, based on your condition, you may be at risk of serious complications associated with AFib, especially if it is not managed or treated properly.
If left untreated, atrial fibrillation increases your risk for stroke, heart disease or heart failure. The risk of stroke is five times greater for individuals with atrial fibrillation. Therefore, heart attack and stroke prevention for AFib is an important consideration when weighing therapeutic options.
The AFib Center brings advanced atrial fibrillation treatment options to the community and beyond. Treatment options for atrial fibrillation may include:
Lifestyle Changes and Medications: The least invasive options for treatment of atrial fibrillation include lifestyle management and medication to control the arrhythmia.
Cardioversion: A corrective procedure using medication or an electric shock to the heart to convert or change an abnormal heart rhythm back to normal rhythm.
Ablations and Other Procedures: Ablation therapy uses radiofrequency waves on the heart to treat a variety of cardiac arrhythmias. Depending on the severity of one's AFib, other advanced ablation procedures may be used such as convergent ablation (see Surgical Treatment) or cryoablation.
Cryoablation is a heart ablation procedure used to treat some forms of AFib. This procedure uses a freezing agent rather than heat to create lesions that block irregular electrical signals to the heart. In contrast to a heat ablation procedure, the frozen balloon used in cryoablation creates a full circle of lesions to ensure that the heart's electrical signals are less likely to break through to the atria.
Device Therapy - Pacemakers and Defibrillators: Resynchronization therapies may be used for high-risk patients; these include pacemakers and ICD for heart procedure (implantable cardioverter defibrillators).
Reveal LINQ™ ICM: A miniature wireless cardiac monitor that is designed to help diagnose and monitor patients who have or may have atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Medtronic Micra ™ Leadless Pacemaker: The world's smallest pacemaker, the Medtronic Micra ™ does everything a traditional pacemaker does, but it is one tenth of the size.
Watchman™ Implant: A treatment option for atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients that helps prevent stroke in patients who cannot take blood-thinning medications due to bleeding complications.
Surgical Treatment: Sometimes, advanced forms of AFib do not respond to other therapies, and treatment requires additional interventions that may include surgery.
Convergent ablation is an innovative team approach in which an experienced cardiothoracic surgeon delivers energy to the heart from the outside while an electrophysiologist delivers energy to the inner areas of the heart.