Medical City Dallas October 06, 2015

New Technology Shown to Provide Better Long-Term Outcomes for Irregular Heartbeat Patients

Medical City Dallas is proud to announce that it is the first hospital in North Texas, and only one of three facilities in the state, to use the FDA-approved Topera FIRMap™ Catheter, an advanced technology that assists in the diagnosis of complex cardiac arrhythmias, or irregular heart rhythms. Medical City successfully provided this innovative device to its first heart patient today.

Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common arrhythmia that affects 2.5 million Americans, especially those more than 65 years old. Most patients with AFib have increased risk for mortality, heart failure and thromboembolic events.

Traditional ablation strategies to treat AFib have had modest success and often require repeat procedures in many patients. Now, it is possible to identify the arrhythmia-sustaining areas and perform ablation at those specific sites that are unique for each individual. Studies have shown that success rates have almost doubled when using this approach.

The FIRMap™ Catheter is a three-dimensional heart mapping device that assists physicians in locating the patient-specific source for cardiac arrhythmia. Unlike most linear catheters, the device features an expandable “basket” that conforms to the shape of a full heart chamber and analyzes the flow of electricity within the heart chamber. The FIRMap™ Catheter ablation technique isolates AFib triggers and eliminates the electrical mechanisms within the heart that sustain AFib once it has started.

“At Medical City, we strive to lead the healthcare landscape by offering the most advanced and state-of-the-art technology to our patients,” said Dr. Rajeev Joshi, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Medical City Dallas. “Our ability to provide this specialized procedure with more successful results to patients living with atrial fibrillation is a testament to that commitment.” Joshi adds, “Using the FIRMap Catheter and 3D mapping technology, we’re able to break from the limited one-size fits all approach to correct the problem at its source so patients can return to their normal life with greater peace of mind.”

If you would like to find out more information or make an appointment with a physician specializing in the Topera FIRMap catheter ablation, please contact Medical City Dallas' Heart and Vascular Services department at (925) 566-7422.