Cardiology is a medical specialty that deals in diseases of the heart and blood vessels and managing cardiac conditions, such as heart attacks, and life-threatening, abnormal heartbeat rhythms.
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
1379 E. Herndon, Fresno, CA 93720
Office Coordinator – Crystal Tlascala
If you suspect you have a-fib, make an appointment with a cardiologist, who can offer you an easy, non-invasive test for the condition. Because a-fib is a major risk factor for stroke and heart failure, it needs a doctor’s attention.
Treatment options include:
- Catheter ablation with pacemaker implantation – High-frequency electrical energy is delivered through a catheter to the conduction system of the heart. This prevents the rapid heart rate caused by a-fib. A pacemaker is then implanted to control the heart rate.
- Electrical cardioversion – While under a short-acting anesthesia, an electrical impulse is delivered to the chest wall, normalizing the rhythm.
- Heart surgery – The maze procedure uses a series of incisions in the right and left atria to confine the heart’s impulses to defined pathways.
- Lifestyle changes – Limit or stop the use of tobacco products, caffeine, alcohol, and cough and cold remedies containing stimulants.
- Non-invasive alternatives to the maze – Surgeons now use radiofrequency, microwave and cryothermic (cold temperature), devices to scar the tissue and block abnormal impulses.
- Pulmonary vein isolation – Using a catheter, bands of tissue inside the pulmonary vein (atop the heart) are rendered dysfunctional, blocking conduction of the abnormal rhythms.