New technology gives detailed look inside the heart for treatment of irregular heartbeat
February 10, 2017 - Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano is the first North Texas hospital to use the St. Jude Medical™ EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system, a next generation technology that helps physicians diagnose arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, and determine the best treatment options.
"Having the appropriate tools to diagnose and treat the full array of cardiac arrhythmias seen in our complex cardiac patients is of paramount importance," said Adam Shapira, MD, an electrophysiologist and medical director of electrophysiology services at Baylor Scott & White Heart – Plano.
"Using this cardiac mapping, we can navigate precisely within the heart, efficiently accumulating high density diagnostic data to better inform our diagnosis and ultimately enabling us to better tailor our ablation approaches to each individual patient while reducing patient exposure to fluoroscopic radiation," Dr. Shapira explained.
As the population ages, the prevalence of patients with cardiac arrhythmias is expected to increase. The most common arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, affects more than 3 million Americans and millions more worldwide. People with cardiac arrhythmias often experience no symptoms; others may experience heart palpitations, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue, fainting and anxiousness. Atrial fibrillation, in particular, can increase the risk of stroke.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor Health Care System.