This is the latest in ablation treatment for atrial
fibrillation. Like traditional ablation, it is a
minimally invasive one day procedure. The difference
is that cryoablation uses cold to disrupt the
arrhythmia. For the right patient, cryoablation can
be more effective and minimize other possible side
effects of radio frequency ablation.
This technology is used to treat patients who have
congestive heart failure. In a normal heart, the
regions of the left ventricle pump in sync. The
electrical system can be impaired enough to make the
regions of the left ventricle pump out of sync in a
person with congestive heart failure, so not enough
blood gets pumped to the body, which intensifies
heart failure symptoms such as shortness of breath
and fatigue. To remedy this, physicians
resynchronize the timing of the electrical impulses
in the heart with biventricular pacemakers that help
the regions of the left ventricle pump in time to
increase efficiency of contraction.
A defibrillator device is implanted to monitor the
regularity of the heartbeat and deliver an electric
shock should the heart begin fibrillation (fast or
slow twitching of cardiac muscle fibers).
A pacemaker is an electrical system that reads and
delivers cardiac electrical impulses. By "reading"
these signals, the pacemaker is able to monitor the
heart's activity and respond appropriately. A
pacemaker helps to pace the heart when the natural
rate is too slow (bradycardia) to pump enough blood
to the body.
Heart Failure Program
Implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) patient
Event monitors, including 24 and 48 hour Holter
Implantable loop recorders
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