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Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David's Medical Center Celebrates Successful First Year
Date:5/11/2009

at TCAI, and Andrew Hume, M.D., cardiac surgeon with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, became the second team in the nation to perform a new convergent procedure for difficult-to-treat A Fib cases.

"It continues to be exciting to take what we, as a team, pioneered in Poland and bring it back to benefit our patients here in the United States," Horton said. "This is allowing a certain population of people who suffer from A Fib to be cured, not just treated, but cured."

The Institute has also served as a world leader in the use and development of remote and robotic therapies. In late 2008, TCAI became the first and only center to use (on a trial basis) the Velocity system, the next generation 3D mapping system. In addition, the Institute, one of only a handful of facilities in the country with both the Hansen Robot and a state-of-the-art Stereotaxis lab for the treatment of heart rhythm disorders, recently received a second Hansen Robot.

With the increasing demand for services, TCAI doubled the size of its electrophysiology lab from two procedure suites to four, including new technology. With the new space and equipment, the level of training at TCAI has also increased significantly.

Heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) are problems that affect the electrical system, or "wiring," of the heart muscle. Heart arrhythmias are very common and millions of people will experience an abnormal heart rhythm during their lives.

Natale serves as the Executive Medical Director of TCAI. He is also the Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and serves as a consulting professor for the Division of Cardiology at Stanford University.

Recently, Natale has addressed attendees of the Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, the International Symposium on Progress in Clinical Pacing in Rome, Italy, and the Asia-
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