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St. Anthony Hospital Community Connections Fall 2011
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Meet St. Anthony Hospital's New CEO - Jeff Brickman
New Medical Office Plazas to Open Early 2012
Tech Talk - Treating Atrial Fibrillation
Health Passport Opens in Belmar
Redevelopment Update
 

Tech Talk - Treating Atrial Fibrillation

 

Hospital first in region to offer new atrial fibrillation procedure

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Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, frequently results when heart tissue near the pulmonary veins sends abnormal electrical signals. This causes the two small upper chambers of the heart—the atria—to quiver instead of beat effectively.

Those with A-fib are at significantly increased risk of stroke and heart failure. St. Anthony Hospital recently became the first medical center in the Rocky Mountain region to offer the internationally proven A-fib correction procedure called ArcticFront cardiac cryoballoon ablation.

J. Thomas Svinarich, M.D., explains the advantages: "Where prior treatments for this condition used extreme heat produced by a burst of radio-frequency energy, the ArcticFront system uses a special ballooning catheter to freeze the entire circle of tissue responsible for the disruptive signals. This new technology delivers faster, more efficient and more comprehensive treatment and is a potentially safer alternative to radiofrequency ablation."

Learn more about cryoablation and watch a video with Dr. Svinarich.

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