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Published on December 18, 2014

Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital Performs First Rythmia Procedure in Texas

TMFHC one of six hospitals in United States and one of 10 in the world to offer the innovative technology to patients.

TYLER, TX – Dec. 16 – Trinity Mother Frances has become one of ten hospitals in the world, one of the first hospitals in the country and the only non-teaching hospital to perform a cardiac ablation procedure using the Rhythmia™ Mapping System, a new state-of-the-art, high-resolution 3D mapping and navigation solution. The procedures were also the first in Texas, performed on December 15, by electrophysiologists John Sims, MD, and Stan Weiner, MD.

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital are leading institutions in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with abnormal heart rhythms. Trinity Clinic Electrophysiology (EP) department has multiple state-of-the-art laboratories that offer a wide range of procedures to patients with detected heart rhythm abnormalities. Related services include advanced mapping and ablation therapy, heart rhythm monitoring, and a range of pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) devices.

“It is incredibly exciting to be only the sixth hospital in the United States and the 10th hospital in the world to employ this advanced technology,” said John McGreevy, Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. “Additionally, to be the first community-based hospital in the world to offer the Rhythmia system allows our patients the very highest standards of cardiac care available in the world today. The improvements in the clarity, efficiency and accuracy of the procedures is unrivaled and will offer a marked benefit to our patients.”

The recent cardiac ablation procedure was conducted using the new Rhythmia Mapping System, a state-of-the-art 3D cardiac mapping solution that allows EPs to collect and display signals representing the electrical activity of the heart. With the system, within minutes the physician can create and view a highly detailed map of the patient’s heart to help determine the precise location to be treated with cardiac ablation. The system is the first of its kind to offer rapid high-resolution mapping, and is expected to potentially reduce procedure times.

"At Trinity Mother Frances, we are committed to implementing the latest technologies to treat our patients, and we are pleased to be one of the first institutions in the U.S. to offer the innovative Rhythmia Mapping System,” said Dr. Weiner. “The system’s fast and detailed high-resolution maps made a tremendous difference in enabling me to quickly diagnose and treat the source of the patient’s arrhythmias, as well as efficiently confirm the success of the procedure. It’s an important addition to our full suite of services to diagnose and treat a variety of heart rhythm conditions.”

The Rhythmia Mapping System from Boston Scientific received CE Mark approval in May 2013 and U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance in July 2013. For more information about the Rhythmia Mapping System, visit Boston Scientific's Website.

When medications are ineffective in treating some heart rhythm disorders, catheter ablation may offer the possibility of more definitive treatment of the arrhythmia. During catheter ablation, the physician inserts a catheter into the heart to deliver bursts of high-energy waves to disrupt the abnormal electrical activity.

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