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Serious heart rhythm disorders called arrhythmias, affect the lives of millions of people daily. Unfortunately, most treatments for these conditions are generic and one-size-fits-all, with mixed results.

But there’s hope.

We believe there is a better way to address serious heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. Using Abbott Electrophysiology’s technology, doctors can identify the sources of arrhythmias that are unique to each person. Now treatment can be tailored to your individual needs.

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The most common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation (AF, or afib) is a serious global public health problem which affects millions of people around the world. If left untreated, AF doubles the risk of heart-related deaths and also increases stroke risk by up to 500%. Unfortunately, although it is such a serious health problem, AF has historically been difficult to treat with an acceptable degree of success.

In response to this unaddressed need, Abbott, Inc. has developed a unique 3D analysis and mapping solutions (the Abbott 3D Mapping System), which consists of the RhythmView Workstation and FIRMap diagnostic catheter. The Abbott 3D Mapping System has been designed to enable physicians to view the electrical activity of the heart, thereby supporting the diagnosis and patient-specific treatment planning for a variety of heart arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, atrial tachycardia and ventricular tachycardia.

The Abbott 3D Mapping System received FDA Clearance in 2013 band is now in routine use at several leading medical centers throughout the United States.

Fast Heart Rates

Atrial Flutter

Atrial flutter (AFL) is an arrhythmia caused by a rapid electrical impulse that travels through the atrium in a continuous circular path. AFL is usually characterized by a rapid rate of atrial contraction (200 to 300 beats per minute), with a ventricular rate that is also somewhat rapid but to a lesser extent (usually 75 to 150 beats per minute).

Although not always experienced by the patient, symptoms can include palpitations, a fluttering feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, and chest pain.

If you experience chest pain, you should seek medical assistance immediately. Chest pain may be a sign that you are having a heart attack.

Treatment options for AFL include medications, cardioversion (an electrical shock to the chest), and catheter ablation. When medications are used, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and/or anti-arrhythmic agents may be effective. Moreover, patients with atrial flutter are often treated with anticoagulants such as warfarin to prevent blood clots and stroke.

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is an irregular heart rhythm. When a person has Afib, the upper chambers of the heart will quiver, or fibrillate. Because the chambers are fibrillating, they do not have enough force to contract fully and do not coordinate with the lower chambers.

Much like atrial flutter, individuals with Afib may or may not experience symptoms. Symptoms of Afib include dizziness, shortness of breath, fatigue, and decrease in exercise tolerance.

Treatment options for Afib usually includes two approaches:

  1. Lowering the risk of stroke using medications that keep the blood thin and/or decrease blood clotting.
  2. Treating the arrhythmia with anti-arrhythmic medications and/or medical interventions such as cardiac ablation.

Atrial Tachycardia

Atrial tachycardia (AT) is a type of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) that results from abnormal electrical activity in the atria. Most cases of AT occur in normal healthy hearts and are harmless, but it can also be the result of a recent cardiac surgery or even be a symptom of congenital heart disease.

The symptoms of AT include a rapid heartbeat and eventually shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pain. The severity of symptoms normally depends on the age and health status of the patient.

Although rarely necessary, treatment is normally focused on reducing the heart rate through the use of beta-blockers or calcium channel blockers.

Ventricular Tachycardia

Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an arrhythmia that occurs in one of the ventricles of the heart.   During VT, the heart races at rates from 150 to 200+ beats per minute (a normal heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute). Although the ventricle beats faster than normal, the atrial rate is actually normal. In one variation of VT, the heart beats faster but pumps less blood because there is not enough time for the heart to fill with blood between beats. If this occurs, the body and its vital organs may not receive enough blood.

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