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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.

Treating Afib

An abnormal or irregular heartbeat is called an arrhythmia. There are many causes for arrhythmia, some of which are benign and other causes may be life-threatening.

Causes of Atrial Fibrillation or Afib

The most common arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation or Afib. Causes include myocardial ischemia or heart attack, disease of the heart valves, congenital heart abnormalities, electrolyte imbalances, thyroid disease, or excessive caffeine. Because there are so many potential causes of arrhythmia, it is important to have an evaluation by your physician to determine the seriousness of your arrhythmia.

Testing for Afib & Pinpointing a Cause

When you see your physician for an arrhythmia, they will likely perform a history and physical, order blood work, heart tests, and possibly use a heart monitor. A history and physical may be enough to provide insight into the cause of your symptoms especially if there has been an increase in caffeine consumption, medication changes, or dehydration.

If your physician is unable to determine the cause with a history and physical, other diagnostic tests may be ordered such as a cardiac echocardiogram (ECG) or cardiac MRI. Most physicians will try and capture the arrhythmia on a heart monitor. The frequency of your symptoms will determine if they order a 24-hour heart monitor or a monitor of longer duration.

Type of Afib?

Your physician may tell you that you have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation means that the abnormal rhythm isn’t constant, but instead it may last for a few seconds to hours or even days. If your Afib lasts consistently for more than seven days, it will be categorized as persistent Afib.

Treatment Options for Afib

If Afib is the cause of your irregular heartbeat, there are many treatment options available today. If your physician determines that the cause of your Afib is a reversible cause such as caffeine, thyroid disease, electrolyte imbalance, they will attempt to correct it. Your physician may prescribe an anti-arrhythmic medication. These are medications that can convert your rhythm back to normal and suppress atrial fibrillation.

Another treatment is an electrical cardioversion. Electricity is used to interrupt the Afib in attempt to get your heart back in normal rhythm.

Many physicians today perform an ablation of the heart in an attempt to cure Afib. An ablation is a procedure where catheters are placed inside your heart to identify the tissue that is causing the atrial fibrillation. The physician will then either burn or freeze that tissue to prevent it from causing the abnormal rhythm.