Atrial Fibrillation and Arrhythmia Center

Treating your irregular heartbeat so you can get back to your regular routine

Prisma Health Heart Hospital is the first and only hospital in South Carolina to offer an Atrial Fibrillation & Arrhythmia Center. Patients arriving at our center will be cared for by one of our expert cardiologists, and our physicians will create a plan of treatment that can include a range of options based on the individual needs.

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Several patients already have received implant designed to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation-related stroke.  Read more »

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Contact us

Contact the Atrial Fibrillation & Arrhythmia Center at 803-434-7808.


Our treatments include:

  • Advanced diagnostic testing
  • Atrial fibrillation ablations
  • Medication options  
  • Procedures performed by the electrophysiologists at Palmetto Heart and Columbia Heart

Our goal is to return our patients to their normal heart rhythms, while providing the latest treatment options.


What is atrial fibrillation? »

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of irregular heartbeat, causing the upper chambers (atria) to quiver rapidly and ineffectively rather than pump rhythmically. It is due to a malfunction in the heart's electrical system. AF can lead to rapid heart rhythm, where the heart can beat as much as 300 times or more in the atria and 150 times or more in the ventricles (lower chambers). AF can be detected with an electrocardiogram (EKG) - a simple, painless test that records the heart's electrical activity - or a cardiac monitor. AF affects more than seven million people in the United States and Europe with expectations to double in the next 40 years.


What is an arrhythmia? »

An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat that often results from a change or malfunction in the heart's conduction system. The conduction system is where normal electrical impulses travel through the heart. An arrhythmia can occur when the heart's natural pacemaker develops an abnormal rate, the normal conduction pathway is interrupted, or another part of the heart takes over as pacemaker. Arrhythmias can be unusually fast, called tachycardia, or unusually slow, called bradycardia.


Our treatment options

Cryoballoon ablation - for atrial fibrillation
This safe and effective procedure involves a refrigerant being delivered through a balloon that is attached to a catheter guided into the heart. The refrigerant freezes the tissue and disables unwanted heart electrical currents that cause atrial fibrillation. The delivery by a balloon is revolutionary because of the continuous line of scar tissue around the pulmonary vein to stop the currents. This method has a low risk of complications and the majority of patients have been free from atrial fibrillation at one year with a reduction in symptoms, a decrease in drug therapy and substantial improvements in quality of life.

Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) - for arrhythmia
Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. Micra is the only leadless pacemaker approved for use in the U.S.

Watchman™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant - for atrial fibrillation
For patients with AF who are considered suitable for warfarin by their physicians but who have reason to seek a non-drug alternative, the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant is an implant alternative to reduce their risk of AF-related stroke. The Watchman implant closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots from the LAA from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

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