Desert Springs Hospital First in Nevada to Utilize Advanced Cardiac Mapping System
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Desert Springs Hospital is the first hospital in Nevada to utilize the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system, an advanced platform designed to improve accuracy, automation and flexibility for ablation procedures to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias). The new system allows physicians to see the electrical flows in the heart in real time.
“This mapping system significantly helps electrophysiologists determine the mechanism and location of common and uncommon cardiac arrhythmias,” explained cardiac electrophysiologist Arjun Guraraj, MD, who first used the technology at Desert Springs Hospital on April 4. “I place catheters within the heart to try to localize the origin of the arrhythmia. This mapping system finds the focus of an arrhythmia by constructing a very high density map of the heart, which can lead me to its location within millimeter accuracy.”
The system maps the heart’s electrical currents by communicating via catheters inside the heart and electrodes on the patient’s back and chest. It can also monitor the patient’s breathing and heart contractions.
Upon locating the arrhythmia, an ablation is performed, which applies heat to the tissue where abnormal heartbeats originate. The heat creates a lesion or scar on the tissue, which makes it incapable of conducting the arrhythmia.
“We are very pleased to offer this new technology to benefit our patients,” said Ryan Jensen, Chief Executive Officer for Desert Springs Hospital. “The ability to accurately pinpoint an arrhythmia’s location and ablate it can reduce the risk of possible stroke, hospitalization and even death.”
Faster, more accurate high-density maps to pinpoint the problem area
Helps physicians diagnose the arrhythmia and determine best treatment approach
Minimizes fluoroscopic radiation exposure
Cardiac Capabilities at Desert Springs Hospital
The addition of the EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system is one of several new devices and technology added to Desert Springs Hospital’s extensive cardiovascular services program over the past two years.
In 2016, Desert Springs Hospital was the first in southern Nevada to use the Absorb™ dissolving heart stent and to offer patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) an alternative to long-term warfarin (blood thinner) medication with the newly approved WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant.
In 2015, the hospital’s electrophysiology lab began using Stereotaxis Epoch™ technology, which uses magnets to navigate catheters inside the heart during diagnostic and ablation procedures. Patients are exposed to less radiation while undergoing EP procedures. It also minimizes the risk of complications, like perforation, and increases procedural success in treating complex arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and other rhythm disorders of the heart.