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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.

Treatment Options

Possible Treatment Options for Arrhythmias

In many cases, arrhythmias are undiagnosed and therefore, not treated. However, once a physician has identified an arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation (Afib), atrial flutter, atrial tachycardia or ventricular tachycardia, they need to figure out whether it is clinically significant or simply a part of your heart’s normal process.

To diagnose an arrhythmia, a physician will need to document it by recording the heart’s abnormal electrical activity. This can be performed by using an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), which utilizes small patches called electrodes that are affixed to various parts of the body. The ECG then records electrical activity in the upper and lower chambers of the heart and the timing of electrical events—this is the amount of time it takes electrical impulses to travel through the heart.

In order to be diagnosed using an ECG, the patient must experience an episode at the same time that the examination is administered. This often doesn’t happen, so continuous monitoring using a Holter monitor may be required. A Holter monitor is worn at home by the patient for 24-48 hours, during which time information about the heart’s electrical activity is recorded. Other options for diagnosing arrhythmias include echocardiography as well as an electrophysiology procedure that directly maps the heart’s electrical activity such as the Topera Rotor Mapping Solution.

After the physician has diagnosed a clinically significant arrhythmia, he or she will formulate a treatment plan. In addition to pharmacological intervention or managing the disease with pharmaceutical agents, the strategy may include interventional treatments such as radio frequency ablation using a catheter (pulmonary vein isolation, or PVI) and surgical ablation (such as the Cox-maze, mini-maze or maze procedures). In some cases, a pacemaker may be implanted.

Patients with an arrhythmia are also encouraged to manage other cardiac risk factors through lifestyle modifications. This includes reducing blood pressure, controlling their cholesterol, eating healthy, and getting regular exercise.

Source: American Heart Association