The Heart & Rythm Center is composed of a small group of world renowned specialists, who work for the advancement of innovative treatment of cardiovascular disease, cardiac arrhythmia, and especially atrial fibrillation. The Center offers a full spectrum of minimally invasive heart surgery, in particular the surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation. The HeartTeam is at your disposal and would be delighted to answer any questions you may have.
Regular Heartbeat is our Life Engine
Our heart beats more than 100,000 times a day – depending on the heart rhythm-and continuously pumps about 7,000 litres of blood a day through the body to supply all organs, cells and tissues with oxygen and nutrients – keeping us alive! The heart rhythm determines this performance. No other organ is as powerful and challenged as our heart. That’s why we must keep it healthy!
Atrial Fibrillation - common Arrhythmia
Cardiac arrhythmias can be manifold. Fast and/or slow-but always irregular and unexpected. Atrial fibrillation is the most common of these arrhythmias. Untreated atrial fibrillation is harmful, and can lead, to heart failure and/or stroke. Symptoms severely impact quality of life! It is important to consult a specialist and to treat atrial fibrillation aggressively.
What is Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation?
When drugs do not improve symptoms, ablations have become an established therapy. In certain cases, surgical ablation promises excellent treatment outcomes. These minimally invasive methods are our core competency. The optimal therapy concept is determined individually in our center with all specialists and each atrial fibrillation patient individually.
eliminate atrial fibrillation?
Medications are often not enough to get a grip on atrial fibrillation and disruptive symptoms. When this occurs, catheter ablation can be used. When repeat ablation fails or is not desired a surgical stand-alone approach, thoracoscopic ablation, has established itself as a very successful, minimally invasive method with excellent long-term results, especially when combined as a hybrid procedure.
Many patients talk about their experience undergoing surgical ablation. In the videos with Prof. Salzberg you will learn more directly from patients themselves.
We offer seminars on atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation and the innovative surgical methods for patients and care-givers. We look forward to attending one of our next seminars. Participation is free.
Prof. Dr. med. Sacha P. Salzberg
Specialist in Cardiac and Thoracic Vascular Surgery (Member FMH)
Sacha Salzberg is the centre founder. He trained as a cardiac surgeon in Switzerland, USA and the Netherlands. In addition to the convetional heart surgery, he has deepened his experience in the field of minimally invasive procedures and introduced the HeartTeam approach for atrial fibrillation and surgical ablation in in Switzerland.
Dr. med. Wim-Jan van Boven (PhD)
Specialist in Thoracic Surgery and Heart Surgery (NL)
Wim-Jan van Boven is a cardiac and lung surgeon from the Netherlands. He invented thoracoscopic ablation in 2006. Together with Prof. Salzberg, they introduced the AF HeartTeam approach and surgical ablation in Switzerland in 2008. Together, they have several years of experience and have successfully treated many patients.
Dr. med. Thomas Zerm (Consultant)
Specialist in Cardiology and Internal Medicine (D)
The cardiologist Thomas Zerm is a specialist in cardiac electrophysiology. He heads the department of the Albertine Heart Center in Hamburg. At the Heart & Rhythm Center, as consultant he directs cardiological evaluations, electrophysiological examinations and catheter ablations.
News and Media
News from the Swiss Heart and Rhythm Center
In this area, you will learn more about the Swiss Heart & Rhythm Center, Prof. Salzberg and some innovations in modern heart medicine through diverse videos, media reports and selected publications.