Skip to content
Heart and Vascular Care

Atrial Fibrillation

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation, commonly called a-fib, is the most common heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia). A-fib is when the upper chamber of your heart beats faster than the bottom part of your heart.

How is Atrial Fibrillation Treated at TriHealth?

Our physicians who specialize in arrhythmia care work collaboratively to provide the broadest range of treatment options—including minimally invasive procedures—to ensure that each patient gets the treatment best suited to their diagnosis and situation.

Treatment options include:
Catheter Ablation

TriHealth physicians offer the latest treatments for atrial fibrillation, giving patients an alternative to a lifetime of medications, expenses and side effects.    

Afib Convergence

As one of only a handful of health systems to handle the volume of these cases, we provide this hybrid approach combining minimally invasive surgery and traditional catheter ablation to treat persistent atrial fibrillation. Working together, the cardiothoracic surgeon will guide a scope through a small incision just below the breastbone to the heart and use extreme heat to strategically destroy (ablate) abnormal tissue on the outside of the heart; and the electrophysiologist will then insert a catheter through an artery or vein in the groin and guide it to the heart and use extreme heat or cold to ablate the heart tissue that causes the abnormal heartbeat.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

We help patients monitor their heart issues through the use of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) so they can lead normal, worry-free lives.


To offer relief from atrial fibrillation, we provide the maze procedure, including robotic-assisted mini-maze, for those who have not found success with medication and ablation. 

Pacemaker Therapy

We place more pacemakers - to keep hearts beating - in more patients each year than any other hospital in Greater Cincinnati.


We utilize this state-of-the-art implant as an alternative to lifelong use of blood thinners for the treatment of AFib.

TriHealth Heart and Vascular Institute
Call 513 246 2400