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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.

Interventional Treatments

Some patients with atrial fibrillation cannot be managed with medications for a variety of reasons. Some experience side effects or do not respond to treatment. Others simply do not want to take medications and seek an alternative treatment strategy. Interventional treatments such as cardiac catheter ablation, either radiofrequency/RF catheter ablation or cryoablation and surgical ablation, utilizing the Cox maze and mini-maze procedures are other possible options after pharmacological therapy has failed.
 

Cardiac Catheter Ablation

A cardiac or heart catheter ablation is a less invasive, non-surgical procedure, which typically involves introducing a catheter into the heart through a vessel in the groin area. The procedure uses radiofrequency energy to destroy a small area of the heart tissue. During a cardiac ablation procedure, the physician ablates the areas of the heart that are responsible for the abnormal electrical activity or arrhythmias such as Afib, atrial flutter, or atrial tachycardia.

A common one-size-fits-all technique is to ablate the tissue surrounding the pulmonary veins called pulmonary vein isolation, or PVI. PVI uses a radiofrequency (RF) catheter or by freezing the tissue, sometimes referred to as cryoablation and uses a technology called a cryoballoon.
 

Maze Procedure

The minimally invasive, maze or mini-maze procedure involves inserting a catheter through small incisions in the chest, with a video camera inserted through another incision. The surgeon then creates lesions around the atrium (a process called ablation), and because it does not conduct electrical activity, the scar tissue that forms after the ablation is meant to isolate the abnormal electrical impulses from the rest of the heart. Surgical ablation is often performed in conjunction with other cardiac surgery procedures, such as coronary artery bypass and mitral valve repair.
 

Pacemakers

Pacemakers are small electrical devices that are implanted under the skin near the collarbone. They are wired to the heart to regulate a patient’s heartbeat by firing electrical impulses to help it return to a normal rhythm.


Source: American Heart Association