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Innovative Procedure to Reduce Stroke Risk in Patients with Irregular Heartbeat

-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center First to Perform Lariat Surgery in New Jersey -

(Englewood, NJ, November 19, 2012) – Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to use a groundbreaking FDA-approved device to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (AF).

Grant Simons, MD, Chief of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Englewood Hospital is one of only a handful of physicians nationwide to perform the Lariat procedure, a minimally invasive alternative for AF patients who are unable to take blood thinning medications.

This innovative procedure involves tying off the heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA), a thumb-shaped pouch that is linked to the development of blood clots in AF patients. The LAA can sometimes fail to contract with the rest of the heart, causing blood to pool and clot inside of it. Those blood clots can result in a potentially deadly stroke if they then break loose and travel directly to the brain. Dr. Simons successfully performed the Lariat procedure at Englewood Hospital earlier this month, using the device to remove the threat of stroke for two at-risk patients living with AF who are unable to take blood-thinning medications.

“The Lariat device works as a lasso,” explained Dr. Simons. “Once our catheters are in place, we are able to guide the Lariat through a needle puncture in the skin to the LAA, eliminating the need for open-heart surgery. Once in place, we loop the Lariat around the pouch and tie it off, which ultimately blocks blood supply to the LAA and stops clots from traveling to the brain.”

The minimally invasive approach also allows for reduced pain and a faster recovery. The Lariat is a one-time procedure that does not require a follow-up surgery or the need for short or long-term use of blood thinners, which can sometimes cause life-threatening complications.

“We are thrilled to be among a select group of hospitals across the U.S. to offer this advancement in the treatment of arrhythmia and stroke to our patients,” said Dr. Simons. “Having access to this new device will benefit many people living with AF and demonstrates our ongoing efforts to provide the most advanced, high quality care available. We look forward to helping to restore the quality of life and peace of mind our patients deserve in the years to come.”

For more Information about Electrophysiology Services at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center visit bestheartdocs.com or call 201-894-3533.

The Arrhythmia Center

The Arrhythmia Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is led by a team of cardiac electrophysiologists who use advanced computer mapping systems to visualize real-time images of the electrical activity within a patient’s heart. These new mapping technologies include phased-array intracardiac ultrasound and both contact and non-contact mapping, all of which improve the efficacy of diagnosis and safety of subsequent treatment. This information is used to pinpoint the location of normal and abnormal heartbeats— information vital to treating arrhythmias.

The Arrhythmia Center is one of the few centers that treat atrial fibrillation with catheter-based procedures—those that utilize long flexible wires placed within the heart in an attempt to stop the arrhythmia at its source. In many cases, this technology cures troublesome arrhythmia. The center is one of the few in the tri-state area to use cryoablation for the treatment of certain arrhythmias. It also provides the latest implantable cardioverter devices (ICD) and pacemakers.

The Arrhythmia Center offers patients the latest in robotic treatment of arrhythmia using the Sensei® Robotic Catheter System. A highly specialized tool used for catheter-based mapping within the chambers of a patient’s heart, the Sensei System allows for more precise and stable catheter manipulation during complex cardiac procedures. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center was the first facility in New Jersey to offer this technology.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.