November 16 2009 - Local Cardiologist First To Use New Heart Technology

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November 16, 2009

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LOCAL CARDIOLOGIST FIRST TO USE NEW HEART TECHNOLOGY AT TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES

Next Generation of Catheter Helps Restore Heart Rhythm

TYLER, TX -- The human heart has a set electrical pattern that provides the heart muscles the firing order they need to pump blood at peak efficiency throughout the body. However, when a person's electrical rhythm is having problems due to a congenital condition or physiological interruption (arrhythmia), the patient may need medical intervention. An electrophysiologist, a cardiologist who specializes in correcting arrhythmias, can correct the problem in a heart catheterization lab.

At the Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute, a local patient was the first to benefit from the Blazer Prime™ Ablation Catheter, the newest generation of the Blazer Catheter Platform. The Heart Institute was the location for the very first use of the device in the United States and Stan Weiner, MD, Director of Electrophysiology at the Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute, was the first in the U.S. to use the Blazer catheter to help restore the patient's normal heart rhythm.

"Cardiac ablation technology has steadily improved over the last 30 years, but there are still some challenges remaining. This device from Boston Scientific truly improves my ability to treat my patients who have complex arrhythmias. I am very pleased to be the first in the country to provide this service at Trinity Mother Frances and I am proud to say that the first patient to benefit from this device is doing fine," said Dr. Weiner.

Cardiac ablation is a relatively non-invasive procedure that can restore defective electrical flow in a person's heart and eliminate the short circuit or circuits that are disturbing normal heart rhythms. For patients who have tried medication and received no benefit, ablation can be their only option.

The procedure requires inserting a catheter, which is made of thin, very flexible wires, into a blood vessel through the groin area. The catheter is then navigated into the heart using an X-ray-type machine called a fluoroscope to guide the electrophysiologist. The electrophysiologist then uses the catheter to take electrical readings to determine the site of the electrical problem. This mapping helps pinpoint the problem area. The catheter is then used to deliver radiofrequency energy to cauterize the problem tissue and restore normal heart rhythm.

Patients are sedated during the procedure and rarely report any discomfort.

"The technology we have available at the Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute is on par with the best in the United States. I am excited to be a part of this growing cardiac program that is attracting patients from across the country," said Dr. Weiner.

Recently, officials with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and the physicians of Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants, P.A. (CVC) announced an affiliation between the two institutions. Officials say the new entity will streamline heart care for patients and bring together the two organizations that were instrumental in bringing cardiac programs to the area in 1983.

As part of the affiliation, the organizations have formed a new management firm, Cardiac Imaging Management Specialists, LLC (CIMS) that will provide oversight and management of cardiovascular diagnostic services including nuclear testing, echocardiography, positron emission tomography (PET) and other cardiac diagnostics.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Combined with the advanced technology and facilities at Mother Frances Hospital, physicians at Trinity Mother Frances are committed to high quality, compassionate care. Since 1983, Trinity Mother Frances has led cardiac care, earning national recognition and performing more than 638,000 cardiac procedures, including catheterizations, open heart surgeries, robotic heart surgeries, interventional cardiac stents, and pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and ablations.

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

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