Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital is the First in Cincinnati to Install Next Generation Cardiac Mapping System
Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Anderson Hospital is the first facility within a three-hour radius of Cincinnati to install the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system, which provides automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used in ablation procedures to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias).
Anderson Hospital is among the first sites in the United States to utilize this technology, which received the CE Mark in January 2016 and recently received FDA clearance.
The prevalence of patients experiencing cardiac arrhythmias is likely to increase as the population ages. The most common arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, affects more than three million Americans and millions more worldwide. Atrial fibrillation, also called AF or Afib, is a very fast, irregular heartbeat that occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat so fast that they only can quiver. People with cardiac arrhythmias often experience no symptoms while others may experience heart palpitations, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, fainting and anxiousness. Over time, untreated atrial fibrillation can cause stroke in some patients.
Cardiac mapping systems help physicians diagnose an arrhythmia and determine the best course of action to successfully manage and treat the irregular heartbeat. Physicians use a cardiac mapping system while performing catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias.
During the ablation procedure, the physician will insert several long, flexible tubes with wires - called catheters - into the patient’s heart:
- Diagnostic catheters record and “map” electrical information from the heart. The Abbott EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system provides highly detailed anatomical models and maps to enable diagnosis of a wide range of arrhythmias, guide therapy and expand procedural options.
- Ablation catheters deliver radiofrequency energy. The heat from the catheter creates a lesion or scar on the tissue where the abnormal heartbeats originate. As a result, this tissue is no longer capable of conducting or sustaining the arrhythmia.
“My team can precisely navigate within the heart and reference higher density diagnostic data to confirm our diagnosis while allowing us to use the tools that make sense for each individual patient and situation,” said Mercy Health – The Heart Institute’s RP Singh, MD, an electrophysiologist who practices from Anderson Hospital. “It’s truly a tailored approach to treating patients.”
One of the distinctive features of the EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system is that it uses intelligent automation tools, which enable faster and more accurate high density maps allowing tailored treatment for a variety of cardiac arrhythmias, including complex cases. The ability to create rapid high-resolution models speeds up mapping time and minimizes fluoroscopic radiation exposure for both the patient and the clinicians.
Dr. Singh practices from Mercy Health – The Heart Institute Locations in Anderson Township and Clermont. To learn more about Dr. Singh, the Ensite tool or to schedule an appointment please call 513-624-2070 (Anderson) or 513-735-7872 (Clermont).