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Get your rhythm back.

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 treat 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 solution (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 and is now in routine use at several leading medical centers throughout the United States.

Symptoms

Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms

symptomsSome people with atrial fibrillation (Afib) experience no symptoms at all and are completely unaware of their condition. For those that do experience symptoms, they can occur in brief episodes or on a regular, more permanent basis. Although arrhythmias such as Afib are very common, should you experience any of the symptoms below, it’s recommended that you see your doctor right away, as these can also be signs of a more serious condition.

Some patients experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Heart palpitations: rapid, fluttering or pounding sensations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness, which can lead to fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Confusion

As a result of its uncoordinated contractions, the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body becomes impaired, leading to an inadequate supply of oxygen. Confusion is often due to a decreased oxygen supply to the brain. Chest discomfort may also be a result of inadequate oxygen as well as a possible symptom of worsening heart failure.

Afib is one of the leading risk factors for stroke. Strokes caused by Afib tend to be more severe than strokes due to other causes. As a result of blood pooling in the heart, a clot may form and later break off and enter the circulation. The blood clot can block a critical blood vessel to the brain or other organ, thereby causing a stroke.

To reduce stroke risk, many Afib patients take blood thinners (such as aspirin or clopidogrel) or anticoagulants to help prevent the formation of blood clots. Popular anticoagulants include warfarin and newer pharmaceutical agents such as dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban.

Other stroke risk factors include:

  • Age: Particularly those over the age of 55
  • A family history of stroke
  • Ethnicity: African Americans have a higher incidence of stroke than Caucasians
  • Gender: Women have more strokes and a higher mortality rate than men
  • A prior history of stroke

Sources: American Heart Association, American Stroke Association