Arrhythmia Center Overview for Providers

Ablation therapy is now considered the best first-choice for some AFib patients.

  • Ablation can be substantially more effective—averaging a 50% greater success rate in permanent symptom relief over repeat AAD therapy.
  • AFib patients prescribed antiarrhythmic medications see a recurrence of symptoms within six to twelve months in nearly 50% of cases.
  • One study shows 70% of ablation patients remained free from symptomatic recurrence, versus only 19% of drug therapy patients.

Bon Secours Arrhythmia Center offers safe, effective, minimally invasive treatment options with fast recovery times, requiring no cardiac rehabilitation.

For referrals or additional information, please contact Laura Poole, NP and Arrhythmia Center Coordinator:

(804) 418-2702 
Laura_Poole@bshsi.org

State of the Heart

Enhanced coordination of arrhythmia care

Our new Arrhythmia Center is a resource dedicated to serving atrial fibrillation patients through aggressive, focused treatment—using state-of-the-art technology to provide symptom relief as well as prevention of heart failure and stroke. Working as your partner, Doctors Omar Shams and Harpreet Grewal act as an extension of care for your patients. Together, they provide safe, effective and minimally invasive AFib treatment options that require no cardiac rehabilitation and have fast recovery times.

We’re prepared to provide your patients with rapid access to timely, detailed follow-up and management, through seamless communication and a care plan that’s tailored for each patient’s individual needs. However, even with our robust counsel and thorough treatments, we can assure you that your patient will remain precisely that—yours

With Rx therapy being ineffective in 50% of symptomatic AFib patients, ablation therapy is often the best first-choice for treatment.

For referrals or additional information, please contact Laura Poole, NP and Arrhythmia Center Coordinator:

(804) 418-2702 
Laura_Poole@bshsi.org


Improved compliance with reduced costs

Disease-based approaches to AFib prove more efficient in meeting the need for value-based, patient-centered care. The use of specialty providers and programs helps to yield higher patient compliance.

Ablation Therapy

Bon Secours Arrhythmia Center is your first choice for appropriate, well-timed and evidence-based transitions to ablation and surgical options. Advantages of ablation include:

  • Quality of life improvement
  • Minimally invasive
  • Decreased reliance on medication
  • Reduced risk of Rx side effects and reactions
  • Superior to medication for maintaining normal sinus rhythms
    • In a trial setting, sinus rhythm (SR) was associated with 47% decrease in mortality.*
    • NSR after radiofrequency ablation was associated with 60% reduction in CV mortality.**

* Corley SD, Epstien AE, et al. Relationships between sinus rhythm, treatment, and survival in the atrial fibrillation follow-up investigation of rhythm management (AFFIRM) study, Circulation, 2004; 109(12); 1509-1513.

** Ghanbari, H., et al. “Mortality and Cerebrovascular Events After Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation,” Heart Rhythm,
2014; 11(9); 1503-1511.

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