Dr. John H. Sirak, a heart surgeon at Ohio State University, has launched a new Web site (http://www.ohioafib.com) to educate people living with atrial fibrillation (AF) and their family members about the condition and explain the full range of treatment options, including medical management, catheter ablation, and surgical approaches such as totally thoracoscopic maze surgery. For several years, Dr. Sirak has been innovating surgical treatment techniques that offer the ability to cure atrial fibrillation and return the heart to a normal rhythm and rate.
“I hope that the Web site will assist patients and their families to better understand atrial fibrillation and what can be done to treat it effectively,” says Columbus, Ohio cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Sirak, who is a board-certified surgeon and cardiothoracic surgery specialist. “I have been treating patients with AF for many years. We now offer the most advanced, truly minimally invasive treatment for all types of atrial fibrillation.”
Approximately six million adults in the United States currently have some form of atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that occurs in the upper chambers of the heart (the atria), producing heart palpitations and an elevated heart rate that can lead to serious health risks including fainting, chest pains, congestive heart failure, and stroke. Medical management through rate and rhythm drugs and anticoagulants like Coumadin is very common, but actually achieves a durable relief from atrial fibrillation in only a small minority of cases. Definitive treatment is necessary for people who continue to have symptoms, or who require escalating doses of medicines.