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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 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.

Atrial Flutter

Atrial flutter (AFL) is an arrhythmia similar to the more common atrial fibrillation (AF or Afib). It is 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). Without treatment, AFL can actually cause Afib.1

AFL may be caused by abnormalities or diseases of the heart. It may also be a result of other diseases in the body such as hyperthyroidism. Lung disorders such as pulmonary embolism, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema may also cause AFL.2

Risk factors for Atrial Flutter include1:

  • Heart failure
  • Previous heart attack
  • Valve abnormalities or congenital defects
  • Hypertension
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Alcoholism (especially binge drinking)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Abuse of stimulants2

Although not always experienced by the patient, symptoms can include palpitations, a fluttering feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, and even chest pain.1

If treated, AFL is generally not life-threatening. However one possible complication is the forming of blood clots, which can travel to the brain and lead to a stroke or heart attack. Another concern is cardiomyopathy, which happens when the heart muscle becomes weak because the ventricles beat too fast over an extended period of time. This can lead to heart failure and disability.1

Treatment options for AFL include medications, cardio version (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.

  1. Heart Rhythm Society. Atrial Flutter. Accessed November 4, 2015.
  2. eMedicine Health. Atrial Flutter (cont.). Accessed Sept 11, 2015.