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Detroit Medical Center Is First in Michigan to Offer New Breakthrough Technology for Correcting Irregular Heartbeat
Date:3/22/2011

0 percent of AF patients can't be treated effectively with medications, for one thing – and open-heart surgery, which often requires chest-cracking and deep incisions, can leave patients vulnerable to infections, pain and longer hospital stays.  

For these patients, the new catheter-delivered therapy offers an effective solution... since the heartbeat-regulating coolant is transported to the heart via a catheter which is inserted into the femoral artery via a tiny incision in the leg.   Unlike traditional ablation treatments that use radiofrequency or heat to neutralize faulty electrical circuits in the heart, the balloon-based Arctic Front system ablates the defective cardiac tissue simply by cooling it.  

Randy Lieberman, M.D., Medical Director, Electrophysiology Services, the heart specialist who directs the new procedure at the DMC Cardiovascular Institute, said the introduction of the Medtronic CryoAblation system for AF patients was "a major step forward in the effective treatment of this large group of heart patients.

"This is a proven, FDA-approved medical technology," said Dr. Lieberman, "which has already demonstrated its effectiveness in helping AF patients.  We're obviously very pleased to be the first healthcare provider in Michigan to make it available to cardiac patients.  Once again, the DMC Cardiovascular Institute is leading the way in delivering the best possible care to the people who rely on us for good heart health."  

Theodore L. Schreiber, the President of the DMC Cardiovascular Institute, said he was "greatly encouraged by the fact that AF patients in Michigan can now be assured of getting the very latest and most effective treatment for this condition.  This technology may also provide improved safety and efficacy, compared to open-heart MAZE procedures and RF ablations."

Added Dr. Schreiber, a nationally recognized medical innovator who pioneered the dev
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