Pikeville Medical Center's Heart Institute features some of the most advanced treatment technologies available anywhere.
PMC offers new treatment for atrial fibrillationPikeville Medical Centerís Dr. Michael Antimisiaris, Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, is providing a new treatment for patients with Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) using Medtronicís Arctic Front Advance Cardiac Cryoballoon System.
Afib is a form of abnormal heart rhythm. Paroxysmal Afib is a type of Afib in which the irregular heartbeat starts and stops suddenly. It is most common in the younger population and may last for minutes, hours or days.
Cryoablation therapy can best treat patients with Paroxysmal Afib. During the procedure, which typically lasts less than two hours, a catheter containing a balloon is inserted into veins located in the groin and threaded to the left upper chamber of the heart and the pulmonary veins containing abnormal muscle tissue. The balloon is then inflated and a liquid refrigerant is used to freeze the abnormal tissue in an effort to stop the spread of the electrical currents causing Afib.†
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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
With cardiac arrest causing the deaths of thousands of Americans each year, the cardiothoracic surgeons at Pikeville Medical Center now offer ICDs (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators) to patients who may be at a higher risk for a terminal arrhythmia.
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