Saturday March 23, 2019 10:05

Heathcare Press Release : 13 Feb 2019

5 Ways to Set Healthy Grocery Shopping Habits in 2019 Heathcare—13 Feb 19

By Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAN, Senior Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training Make your daily staples as healthy as you can. Small changes in the foods you eat every day can add up to big rewards. The holidays are over, and

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David#s Medical Center first in U.S. to treat patient in study to evaluate balloon ablation catheter for treating Atrial Fibrillation Heathcare—13 Feb 19

AUSTIN, Texas--13 Feb--PRNewswire/InfoQuest

The Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David's Medical Center recently performed the first procedure in the U.S. using the new HELIOSTAR Multi-electrode Radiofrequency (RF) Balloon Ablation Catheter as part of the STELLAR study. The study is designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the catheter in treating intermittent atrial fibrillation (A Fib), the most common type of irregular heartbeat.

Rodney Horton, M.D., an electrophysiologist at TCAI, treated the first patient in the study with Andrea Natale, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S., F.E.S.C., executive medical director at TCAI.

"The new balloon catheter could potentially make it easier and faster to isolate the pulmonary veins in order to treat A Fib," Dr. Horton said. "It is unique because it conforms to any pulmonary vein anatomy and allows us to control electrodes individually to deliver tailored energy during ablation."

The HELIOSTAR RF Balloon Ablation Catheter has 10 electrodes, which allow electrophysiologists to deliver different levels of energy depending on the tissue during lesion creation. In addition, the balloon design makes it possible to isolate pulmonary veins with a single application of RF energy.

"The catheter design has the potential to overcome the limitations of curren