Saint Francis Hospital, part of Thomas Health, is the first facility in West Virginia and our region to install the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system, a next-generation platform designed to provide automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used in ablation procedures to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias). Saint Francis Hospital was among the first sites in the United States to utilize this technology, which received CE Mark in January 2016 and recently received FDA clearance. Amy Bauguess, Director of Cardiovascular Services at Thomas Health states, “I am excited to be able to offer this new technology to our patients and to our community for their continued health.”
When physicians use catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, several long, flexible tubes with wires - called catheters - are inserted into the heart. Diagnostic catheters record and “map” electrical information from the heart and 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.
“We are thrilled to be the first in West Virginia to bring this technology to our community. The exciting new way of mapping can make electrophysiology procedures shorter with use of Intuitive Automation without compromise on precision, improved stability with new mapping patches. It also uses dual technology with impedance-field flexibility and magnetic-field precision with superior flexibility in mapping different arrhythmias in the same patient”, stated Dr. George Joseph, Electrophysiologist/Cardiologist at Saint Francis Hospital. One of the distinctive features of the EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system is that it uses intelligent automation tools, which are designed to 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.
The most common arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, affecting more than 3 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. Atrial fibrillation can be dangerous, as over time it can cause more serious conditions such as stroke.