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2011-08-31 23:31:06

Study shows noninvasive, fast way to map heart's electrical activity in one heartbeat Just one second, one heartbeat. That's what is needed for a new, noninvasive functional imaging technology to record data for locating the source in the heart of a dangerous cardiac arrhythmia called ventricular tachycardia (VT). VT is an abnormal, fast beating of the heart, which, if ignored, can lead to ventricular fibrillation, which causes some 400,000 cases of sudden death yearly in the United...

2011-08-30 11:42:43

Many patients are looking for a drug-free lifestyle Results presented today from the Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Pilot Study show that almost 40% of patients undergoing a catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation have no underlying disease associated with the arrhythmia, and precipitating factors are rare. The survey, which is a pilot survey from the ESC's EurObservational registry program, also confirmed that symptoms are present in 86% of patients but vary considerably; symptoms include...

2011-06-29 06:02:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CardioFocus, Inc., developer of the HeartLight(TM) Endoscopic Ablation System (EAS) for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), announced today that its technology was featured in a live case and scientific abstract presented at the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) EUROPACE 2011 congress on June 28 in Madrid, Spain. The case, "Atrial fibrillation ablation using laser balloon technology," demonstrated successful isolation of...

2011-06-28 21:14:10

Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are performing a new procedure to treat atrial fibrillation, a common irregular heartbeat. Available at only a handful of U.S. medical centers, this "hybrid" procedure combines minimally invasive surgical techniques with the latest advances in catheter ablation, a technique that applies scars to the heart's inner surface to block signals causing the heart to misfire. The two-pronged approach gives doctors access to both the...

2011-06-22 06:02:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CardioFocus, Inc., developer of the HeartLight(TM) Endoscopic Ablation System (EAS) for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), announced today that its technology will be the subject of several scientific sessions at the upcoming European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) EUROPACE 2011 congress, June 26-29 in Madrid, Spain. HeartLight EAS is a unique catheter ablation technology that incorporates an endoscope and illumination to provide...

2011-06-01 11:06:00

ST. LOUIS, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Missouri Baptist Medical Center today opened a new Arrhythmia Center, within its regionally acclaimed Heart Center, to meet the needs of an increasing population of patients suffering from abnormal heart rhythms. An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat that can affect both the young and elderly, and may lead to stroke, heart failure, and sudden cardiac arrest. Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common arrhythmia and affects over 2.2 million...

2011-05-11 13:45:13

The electrophysiology team at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) used cryoablation (ablation using cold) to treat a patient suffering from atrial fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, and one associated with significant morbidity. The procedure was performed by Dr. Peter Guerra, Chief of Electrophysiology, and Dr. Marc Dubuc, cardiologist and specialist in electrophysiology. This was a first in Canada following the approval of the Arctic Front device by Health Canada. A...

2011-05-09 06:30:00

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CardioFocus, Inc., developer of the HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System for the transcatheter treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (AF), announced its technology enables a Pulmonary Vein (PV) acute isolation rate of nearly 99%, with approximately 86% of PVs remaining persistently isolated after three months. Additional research also suggests that 65% of patients achieve durable freedom from AF after a single procedure. New clinical results...

2011-05-04 05:30:00

ST. LOUIS, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Stereotaxis' (Nasdaq: STXS) continued leadership in the remote treatment of a broad spectrum of complex arrhythmias will again be prominently detailed in the scientific program of the 32nd Annual Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, California. Ten podium presentations and ten posters will feature clinical data and discussions of the value of magnetic navigation in the treatment of a variety of abnormal heart rhythms. Stereotaxis will...


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