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Local hospital implements new, non-invasive heartbeat tracking technology

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital is using new, non-invasive technology to map irregular heart rhythms. (Boca Raton Regional Hospital)

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital is using new, non-invasive technology to map irregular heart rhythms.

According to a hospital spokesperson, Boca Raton Regional is the first hospital in Florida and one of only five centers in America to use this new technology.

Statistics show that 2.7 to 6.1 million people suffer from Atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition that causes quivering or an irregular heartbeat that can cause blood clots, stroke, heart failure or other heart-related complications.

The Medtronic CardioInsight Noninvasive 3D Mapping System will help doctors to track these irregularities in patients.

The first use of this technology was in February 2017 on an 84-year-old patient.

According to a release issued by the hospital, the 3D system uses a 252-electrode sensor vest that is worn by the patient to match body surface electrical data with heart anatomy.

It then creates 3D electro-anatomic maps of the heart by collecting electrocardiogram (ECG) signals from the chest and combining the signals with data from a computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart.

“This non-invasive mapping system has streamlined the clinical planning process for specialists like myself and has made it easy for patients to receive exquisite mapping results right at the bedside,” said Murray Rosenbaum, MD, Director of Electrophysiology at the Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute. “The technology allows mapping of certain arrhythmias with high accuracy prior to entering the cath lab so that the entire procedure can be planned before touching the patient.”

Dr. Rosenbaum states that the CardioInsight offers the chance to rid AFib when no other treatments are effective.

“The advantages of this new technology are material,” Dr. Rosenbaum said. “It is a major paradigm shift in how we manage patients with chronic AFib and allows us to be more efficient and achieve better outcomes.”

The Medtronic CardioInsight Noninvasive 3D Mapping System at Boca Regional was made possible through a generous philanthropic gift by Ronald H. and Joanne Willens.

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