LARGO, FL - Mapping abnormal rhythms of the heart, like Atrial Fibrillation, just got easier at Largo Medical Center. That’s because the hospital is the first in the Greater Tampa Bay Area to have some of the latest technology in 3-dimensional mapping systems. This next-generation system provides automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used in ablation procedures to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms known as cardiac arrhythmias. Shalin Shah, MD, was the first Largo Medical Center Cardiac Electrophysiologist to perform an ablation procedure using the mapping system at the hospital last week.
“This mapping system is a step above of the rest because it provides physicians highly detailed anatomical models and maps enabling diagnosis of a wider range of arrhythmias, guide therapy and expand procedural options,” said Shalin Shah, MD, Electrophysiologist at Largo Medical Center. “And, yes of course, our first patient is doing quite well thanks in large part to this new technology.”
One of the distinctive features of this cardiac mapping system is that it uses intelligent automation tools, which are designed to enable faster and more accurate high-density maps of the heart. “It also gives people in our community more options when it comes to their healthcare needs while it gives our staff the opportunity to work with more complex patients,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer at Largo Medical Center.
At Largo Medical Center, cardiac electrophysiologists Shalin Shah, MD and Malay Gandhi, MD use the mapping system.
The most common arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation, affecting more than 3 million Americans and millions more worldwide. The heat ablation (radiofrequency energy) that happens while using the mapping system creates a lesion on the tissue where the abnormal heartbeats originate. As a result, the heart tissue can no longer sustain the arrhythmia.