Convergent procedure

The convergent procedure is a minimally-invasive approach that combines the best of electrophysiology (EP) and cardiac surgery treatments to help restore normal heart rhythm for patients with atrial fibrillation, including patients with structural heart disease who may have previously failed one or more other treatments.

The procedure combines surgical and catheter ablation procedures in bringing together the best of both electrophysiology (EP) and cardiac surgical techniques in a single setting (the electrophysiology lab). It offers new quality of life options for patients suffering with atrial fibrillation by restoring a normal sinus rhythm. It is the only truly minimally-invasive option combined with a closed chest surgical ablation approach that offers complete, visible cardiac access to the posterior surface of a beating heart, where atrial fibrillation is known to originate.

Performing the most electrophysiology inpatient procedures annually in Oregon, Providence Arrhythmia Services' specialists are your experts in the treatment of heart rhythm conditions.

Our programs are committed to offering patients the latest advancements in arrhythmia services. The Providence Portland Medical Center team has the distinction of being the first on the West Coast to offer the convergent procedure. 

Additionally, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is home to the Center for the Advanced Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, a multidisciplinary comprehensive center with a focus on the treatment of the most commonly diagnosed heart rhythm disorder.